Bill Viola

American video artist Bill Viola has been creating videos, architectural and audio video-installations and musical performances for 40 years. After studying fi ne arts and electronic music at Syracuse University, he worked as technical director at the pioneering video studio Art/Tapes/22 in Italy. In the 1970s, he traveled and recoded traditional performing arts on the Solomon Islands, Java, Bali, and in Japan, where he was the first artist-in-residence at the Sony research laboratory. He also experimented with medical imaging technology and with specially modified cameras for filming desert landscapes. In his works, Viola emphasizes the spiritual roots of Buddhism, Islam, and Christianity, and makes references to traditional art of East and West. In 1995, he represented the United States at the 46th Venice Biennale. His installations have toured Europe since the 1990s. He collaborated with director Peter Sellars on the oepar Tristan und Isolde (2005). His best known exhibition projects include the his digital fresco Going Forth By Day (2002) and the art game The Night Journey (2010). Viola has exhibited at some of the most renowned galleries in the world.

Angel's Gate

Bill Viola / United States  / 1989 / 5 min.

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Chott el-Djerid (A Portrait in Light and Heat)

Bill Viola / United States  / 1979 / 28 min.

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Bill Viola / United States  / 1994 / 26 min.

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I Do Not Know What It Is I Am Like

Bill Viola / United States  / 1986 / 89 min.

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Memory Surfaces and Mental Prayers

Bill Viola / United States  / 1977 / 29 min.

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Reverse Television - Portraits of Viewers

Bill Viola / United States  / 1984 / 15 min.

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The Passing

Bill Viola / United States  / 1991 / 54 min.

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The Reflecting Pool 

Bill Viola / United States  / 1980 / 62 min.

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Legend to festival sections

Competition Sections

Opus Bonum

Between the Seas

Czech Joy

First Lights


Short Joy


Translucent Beings / Retrospectives

Translucent Being Bill Morrison

Translucent Being Éric Rohmer

Non-competition Sections

Special Event


Jihlava Manifesto 1997-2016

Transparent Landscape: Iceland

Transparent Landscape: Turkey

The Russian Avant-Garde


Siren Test

The American Elections - Donkey or Elephant?

Fascinations: Aerial View

Conference Fascination


Reality TV

Doc Alliance Selection

LUX Film Prize

Work in Progress

FAMU Presents

Czech Television Documentaries

My Street Films