Bill Viola

Taormina Arte 1987 / Parco Duca di Cesaro

In the dead of the night, the nonstop screening of Bill Viola’s video work stretched through the Mediterranean gardens of the municipal villa of Taormina. Viola’s technological eye is slow, sly, like those of an ensnared or frightened animal, yearning to take in the movements and the minimal transformations of everything around it, since there is meaning in every change, since even at its clearest, the image maintains unknown concatenations, mysterious ties, the mystery never entirely giving up its secrets. Just as architecture has done from the beginning of modern history, the technology of vision protects the subject from the threat posed by what is outside, and it does so with the pitiless acuteness of a slow scalpel that penetrates and splits. The world fraught with dangers and deceptions is a threat and a challenge; only the subject is accorded a semblance of stability, but its vision

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