United States /
Exclusive to Adelaide
One of the world’s most important living artists, Bill Viola has been instrumental in establishing video as a vital form of contemporary art. In this exclusive exhibition, the Art Gallery of South Australia, St Peter’s Cathedral and the Queen’s Theatre are transformed into magnificent screening houses for Viola’s work. From the sheer scale of Fire Woman and Tristan’s Ascension to the moving intimacy of Three Women, seven astonishing installations across the three sites envelop the viewer in total image and sound environments that cast Viola’s distinctive light on themes of birth, death, love, anger, ecstasy, suffering and fear.
THE CROSSING, THE MESSENGER, THE ENCOUNTER, WALKING ON THE EDGE
Art Gallery of South Australia, North Terrace Fri 27 Feb–Sun 29 Mar 10am–5pm
FIRE WOMAN, TRISTAN'S ASCENSION [THE SOUND OF A MOUNTAIN UNDER A WATERFALL]
Queen’s Theatre, Playhouse Lane Fri 27 Feb - Sun 15 Mar / Tue–Fri, 6pm–10pm Sat, Sun and Public Holidays, 12pm–10pm / Closed Mon 2 Mar
St Peter’s Cathedral – Lady Chapel, 27 King William Road, North Adelaide Fri 27 Feb–Sat 28 Feb 10am–11pm / Sun 1 Mar–Sun 15 Mar Mon–Sat, 10am–4pm, Sun, 12pm–6pm
BILL VIOLA AND KIRA PEROV IN CONVERSATION WITH DAVID SEFTON
Sat 28 Feb, 2.30pm Radford Auditorium, Art Gallery of South Australia. Tickets $20
PRESENTED BY Adelaide Festival in association with the Art Gallery of South Australia
IMAGE 1 Bill Viola, Tristan’s Ascension (The Sound of a Mountain Under a Waterfall), 2005, colour high-definition video projection; four channels of sound with subwoofer 5.8 x 3.26m, 10:16mins, performer John Hay, photo Kira Perov. Courtesy of the artist. VIEW FULL IMAGE.
IMAGE 2 Bill Viola, Walking on the Edge, 2012, Color High-Definition video on plasma display mounted on wall, 36 3/8 x 61 1/4 x 5 in (92.5 x 155.5 x 12.7 cm), 12:33 minutes, performers Kwesi Dei, Darrow Igus. Courtesy of the artist. VIEW FULL IMAGE.
IMAGE 3 Bill Viola, Fire Woman, 2005, Color High-Definition video projection; four channels of sound with subwoofer (4.1), screen size: 580 cm x 326 cm; room dimensions variable, performer: Robin Bonaccorsi, 11:12 minutes, Photo: Kira Perov. Courtesy of the artist. VIEW FULL IMAGE.