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Bill Viola: The Tristan Project
The Fall into Paradise

Bill Viola The Fall Into Paradise 2005, video/sound installation, colour high-definition video projection; five channels of sound with subwoofer (5.1); screen size: 320 × 427 cm (10.5 × 14 ft); 9:58 mins. Photo: Kira Perov

AGNSW Contemporary Project

Bill Viola is internationally recognised as one of the most important artists working in video today. His work often seeks to give tangible visual form to abstract psychological and metaphysical experiences.

The Fall into Paradise is part of The Tristan Project, a series inspired by Wagner’s opera Tristan and Isolde. These two legendary lovers experienced such depth of feeling that the material world became unbearable for them. Their love simply could no longer be contained in flesh and blood and their spirits drift into the void finally erupting into a new space. Many of Viola’s recent works visualise some kind of almost violent transformation or transition from material to spiritual form.

Two other works in The Tristan ProjectFire Woman and Tristan’s Ascension (The Sound of a Mountain Under a Waterfall) 2005 – are on display at St Saviour’s Church, Redfern, 9 April – 17 May 2008, 6.30 – 10.30pm.

Bill Viola: The Tristan Project is presented in conjunction with Kaldor Art Projects. Supported by Haunch of Venison.

AGNSW Contemporary Projects are supported by Andrew Cameron

10 Apr – 27 Jul 2008

Free admission

Location:
Contemporary project space