Bill Viola Submerged Spaces Exhibition
13 May 2012
Bill Viola Exhibition at Norwich School
Members of the Art and Design Department attended the launch of the Bill Viola Submerged Spaces exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre on Friday night. The exhibition is part of the 2012 Norfolk and Norwich Festival and brings together monumental and intimate pieces displayed in three underground locations: the Sainsbury Centre itself, the Undercroft underneath City Hall and Norwich School’s Carnary Chapel Crypt; the spaces will be open to the public until 29th July.
Bill Viola is one of the world’s most celebrated video artists. His mesmerising installations explore such fundamental experiences as birth, death and the meaning of human consciousness. Viola’s fascination with world cultures, philosophies and beliefs is subtly reflected in his images and his use of sound and movement. He has exhibited in galleries and museums across the world, creating intimate encounters that envelop the viewer.
Bill Viola's video work Visitation (2008) is from his recent Transfiguration series. In this work, displayed on a plasma screen mounted vertically on the wall, the black and white image of a pair of ghostly figures approach, coming into focus and eventually breaking through an invisible threshold into a world of color and light. After resting there momentarily, the figures are drawn back through to the other realm. This work brings us to the intersection between life and death and the continuum of that transformation.
It is a truly exciting opportunity for the school to be involved in such an exhibition, particularly as this is the first time the exhibit in the Carnary Chapel has been shown in the UK.
Pupils and staff will be able to get a chance to see the exhibition free of charge and further details will be available soon.
Below is a link to the Sainsbury Centre website if you would like any additional information: