“Camera Are Soul Keepers” an Interview With Video Artist Bill Viola
Bill Viola is an american contemporary video artist that has been creating for four decades now and exposing his work all around the world. If you’ve never seen one of Viola’s installation, they are often disturbing, but not in the way you would expect. Viola uses images and what goes with them: sound, frames, scale, environment to challenge our reflection and perception.
I don’t come from an ‘artsy’ background, so I know little to nothing about contemporary artists, but I had the chance to discover Bill Viola about ten years ago while I was studying in Spain, and his work did have a strong impact on me.
The link between video installations and feature films might seem thin from afar, but Viola plays with a common medium and to tell a story in his own way, a different way. As we’ve seen with experimental filmmaker Michael Langan, alternative thinking and creation might just be the thing that will bring you “mainstream”/viable work.
In the interview below, recorded and shared by the Louisiana Channel, Viola talks about how he got interested into expressing himself through videos, how he worked out his early pieces as well as key others, and how cameras help us capturing our souls.
If, like me, you always wondered how one become a ‘video artist’, this interview might help answer some of your questions: