Reasons For Knocking at an Empty House @ Bill Viola. 1982

Publié le par Olivier Lussac

Reasons for Knocking at an Empty House, 1982
Video/sound installation
The Art Institute of Chicago; Restricted gift of Barbara Bluhm, Mrs. Thomas H. Dittmer, Ruth Horwich, Susan and Lewis Manilow, Marcia and Irving Stenn, Dr. and Mrs. Paul Sternberg, and Lynn and Allen Turner, through prior acquisitions of the Leigh and Mary Block Collection.
A heavy wooden chair stands empty in front of a TV monitor. The monitor shows a man in close-up as he struggles to stay awake and alert. The room is silent. Headphones on the chair reveal his inner body sounds of breathing and swallowing, with multiple voices heard in the background engaged in stream-of-consciousness chatter. At random intervals, the man is struck violently from behind by an unseen figure, causing a loud explosion of sound to momentarily burst out from two loudspeakers in the room.

1983, 19:11 min, b&w, sound
Reasons for Knocking at an Empty House is a powerfully austere observation of the perceptual experience of the self in isolation, subjected to extended duration. Viola writes that this work is "an attempt to stay awake continuously for three days while confined to an upstairs room in an empty house. Recordings were made from a stationary black-and-white camera to chronicle the effects of the relentless passage of time on a solitary individual. The space becomes increasingly subjective as events slide in and out of conscious awareness and the duration becomes more and more brutal." Subtle transformations in light and sound, and the use of a wide-angle lens to create spatial ambiguities, further distort the viewer's perception of time and space, illusion and reality.
Production Assistant/Still Photographer: Kira Perov. Supervising Producer: Carol Brandenburg. Produced in association with the TV Lab at WNET/Thirteen, New York.

Publié dans Art vidéo - cinéma

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