In this work, video artist Bill Viola explores inner states and humanity’s connection to animal consciousness. Combining slow-moving images with natural sound, Viola gives us a view of the natural world and our place in it. The images for this video work were gathered by Viloa and Kira Perov over a period of two years. In the course of their travels they spent several weeks with a freely roaming herd of buffalo in Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota, recorded a time-lapse sequence beside a glacial lake in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, and attended a week-long firewalking ritual at a Hindu Temple on the island of Fiji. During this time, Bill Viola was also artist-in-residence at the San Diego Zoo.
In a stream of images of striking clarity depth and beauty woven within a subtle fabric of natural sound Bill Viola evokes a timeless view of the natural world and our place in it. This is a major contribution to contemporary video art that masterfully speaks to us in the inner language of subjective thoughts and collective memories. Bill Viola and Kira Perov gathered images for this video work over a period of two years. In the course of their travels they spent several weeks wit