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Sunjung Kim’s Real DMZ Project Interrogates the North and South Korea Divide Ocula Conversation Sunjung Kim’s Real DMZ Project Interrogates the North and South Korea Divide

Ongoing since 2012, the Real DMZ Project interrogates the demilitarised zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea through annual, research-based exhibitions that bring together the works of Korean and international artists. Sunjung Kim, the independent curator behind the project, conceived the idea of exploring the DMZ while curating Japanese artist...

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Sydney Lowdown: Exhibitions to See Ocula Report Sydney Lowdown: Exhibitions to See 6 Sep 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

The fifth edition of Sydney Contemporary will take place once again at Carriageworks between 12 and 15 September 2019, with Spring 1883 bringing together a cohort of 27 galleries from across Australia and the region to inhabit rooms at the Establishment Hotel from 11 to 14 September 2019, uniquely presenting contemporary works propped up on...

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Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum Ocula Insight | Video Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum 16 August 2019

Mark Bradford walks through Mark Bradford: Los Angeles Mark Bradford: Los Angeles at the Long Museum West Bund in Shanghai (27 July–13 October 2019) is the artist's largest solo exhibition to date in China. In this video for Ocula, Bradford and Diana Nawi, curator of the show, walk through selected works that convey the artist's concerns with...

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Bill Viola

b. 1951, USA

Bill Viola (b.1951) is widely recognized as one of the leading video artists on the international scene. For over 30 years he has created videotapes, architectural video installations, sound environments, electronic music performances, and works for television broadcast. Viola’s video installations—total environments that envelop the viewer in image and sound—employ state-of-the-art technologies and are distinguished by their precision and direct simplicity. His single channel videotapes have been broadcast and presented cinematically around the world, while his writings have been published and anthologized for international readers.

Since the early 1970s, Viola has used video to explore the phenomena of sense perception as an avenue to self-knowledge. His works focus on universal human experiences—birth, death, the unfolding of consciousness—and have roots in both Eastern and Western art as well as spiritual traditions, including Zen Buddhism, Islamic Sufism, and Christian mysticism. He has been instrumental in the establishment of video as a vital form of contemporary art, and in so doing has helped to expand its scope in terms of technology, content, and historical reach.

Featured Artworks

Chris by Bill Viola contemporary artwork
Bill ViolaChris, 2012 Colour High-Definition video on a flat panel display mounted vertically on wall
122.9 x 69.9 x 7.2 cm
Kukje Gallery
Silent Mountain by Bill Viola contemporary artwork
Bill ViolaSilent Mountain, 2001 15 minutes (looped)
Eslite Gallery
Two Women by Bill Viola contemporary artwork
Bill ViolaTwo Women, 2008 Color high-definition video on plasma display mounted on wall 9:56 minutes, 37" plasma screen
81.8 x 46 cm
Kukje Gallery
Ablutions by Bill Viola contemporary artwork
Bill ViolaAblutions, 2005 Color video diptych on plasma display mounted vertically on wall, 7 min 1 sec
101.3 x 121.9 x 10.8 cm
Kukje Gallery

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Bill Viola, Bill Viola at Kukje Gallery, Seoul
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5 March–3 May 2015 Bill Viola Bill Viola Kukje Gallery, Seoul
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Show, We Love Video This Summer at Pace Gallery, Beijing
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26 July–5 September 2014 Group Show We Love Video This Summer Pace Gallery, Beijing

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Jens Faurschou Ocula Conversation Jens Faurschou Co-founder, Faurschou Foundation

When American artist Robert Rauschenberg opened his first and last gallery exhibition in China, (he died shortly thereafter), it was with Galleri Faurschou in Beijing, owned by Danish collectors Jens Faurschou, and his now former wife, Luise. Jens Faurschou took Ai Weiwei to see the show and the acclaimed Chinese artist, impressed by both the...

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Bill Viola’s Videos Elevate the Commonplace Related Press Bill Viola’s Videos Elevate the Commonplace Hyperallergic : 8 August 2019

PHILADELPHIA — When we immerse ourselves in Bill Viola's videos, it is as if we are dipping into a pool that brings us into other realms of consciousness, and the water is the continual flow of time. I Do Not Know What It Is I Am Like: The Art of Bill Viola, on view at the Barnes Foundation through September 15, starts with four works in one...

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Bill Viola launches experimental art game, a cryptic ‘explorable video’ Related Press Bill Viola launches experimental art game, a cryptic ‘explorable video’ Wallpaper* : 25 July 2018

It is one the first ever experimental art games ever made and for the past decade, Bill Viola's The Night Journey has been exhibited in venues around the world as a work in progress. Now, Bill Viola Studio and USC Game Innovation Lab have launched the award-winning game worldwide on Mac and Windows PC (and on PlayStation in the US), marking the...

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Bill Viola: Installations at Deichtorhallen Hamburg Related Press Bill Viola: Installations at Deichtorhallen Hamburg Arte Fuse : 12 August 2017

The works of the California based artist, born in 1951, masterfully utilize sophisticated media technologies while exploring the spiritual and perceptual side of human experience, focusing on universal human themes − birth, death, the unfolding of consciousness − and have roots in both Eastern and Western art as well as their spiritual traditions.

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Dark arts: Bill Viola retrospective marks the Guggenheim Bilbao’s 20th anniversary Related Press Dark arts: Bill Viola retrospective marks the Guggenheim Bilbao’s 20th anniversary Wallpaper* : 4 July 2017

When the Guggenheim Bilbao first opened its doors on 19 October 1997, it presented an ambitious 300-piece survey of 20th-century art. One such work was Bill Viola's The Messenger (1996), a looped video installation in which a naked man slowly materialises from a vat of electric blue water. Upon surfacing, he takes a breath, only to descend again...

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In Video & Audio

Bill Viola Cameras are Soul Keepers Related Video & Audio Bill Viola Cameras are Soul Keepers Louisiana Channel : 14 December 2017

When video artist Bill Viola was 6 years old he fell into a lake, all the way to the bottom, to a place which seemed like paradise. 'There's more than just the surface of life.' Viola explains. 'The real things are under the surface'.

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