Bill Viola, The Fall into Paradise, 2005, single-channel video installation, high-definition, color, sound; 09:58 minutes, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 2005, Bill Viola, Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment, 2012.56
Bill Viola explored themes of transformation and transcendence from emotional, philosophical, and spiritual perspectives. In The Fall into Paradise, a single pixel appears in the void, then slowly expands to reveal two figures entwined in an embrace. Just at the instant the figures become clear, they explode through the surface into a spectacular display of color and light. The performers' experience represents a moment of transcendental and spiritual breakthrough, tracing Viola's continuing search for consciousness and empirical knowledge through art.
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© 2005, Bill Viola
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Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment
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