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FORMAL ANALYSIS – Week 5 – 28 September 2020

Updated: Apr 2, 2021

FORMAL ANALYSIS – Week 5 – 28 September 2020

1. "What do you see?"

Bill Viola: Cameras are soul keepers’ video (28 min)

Bill Viola (born 1951) is a contemporary video artist whose artistic expression depends upon electronic, sound, and image technology in New Media. His works focus on the ideas behind fundamental human experiences such as birth, death, and aspects of consciousness.

Pipilotti Rist: We get used fast to constraints (6 min)

Pipilotti (Elisabeth) Rist (born 1962) is a visual artist. She is best known for creating experiential video art and installation art that often portrays self-portraits and singing. Her work is often described as surreal, intimate, abstract art, having a preoccupation with the female body.

Pipilotti Rist Interview at ACCA video (9 min)

Pipilotti Rist in conversation at her exhibition “I Packed the Postcard in My Suitcase” at The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art. Pipilotti talks about her approaches to video and how she hopes people experience the show. She also explains her use of color, speed and sound, her reflections on the museum as an experience, and how the development of digital video and new technologies has influenced her practice.

Paul Pfeiffer SEGMENT: in "Time” video (12 min)

Paul Pfeiffer (born 1966 in Honolulu, Hawaii) is an American sculptor, photographer, and video artist. Described by peer artist Gregory Volk as a clever manipulator of popular media, images and video technology, Pfeiffer is stated (by Volk) as one 'who excels at recasting well-known athletic and entertainment events with surprising open-ended nuances.'

2. "How did the artist do it?"

Bill Viola's art deals largely with the central themes of human consciousness and experience - birth, death, love, emotion, and a kind of humanist spirituality. He is very Zen in his personal philosophy. He opened my mind to space between objects is “an object itself” and worthy of completion. Last, documents and videos of every day’s moments are just as important and great historical moments. He states,