Bill Viola - Five Angels for the Millennium





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Published on Oct 28, 2007

Gasometer Oberhausen, Germany
17.5. - 19.10.2003

Der Gasometer, 110 Meter hoch, 67 Meter Durchmesser, unendliches Echo... 5 gigantische Videoscreens (15 x 18 Meter):
* Ascending Angel
* Birth Angel
* Creation Angel
* Departing Angel
* Fire Angel

Die Engel tauchen auf oder tauchen ein, mal ist das Wasser unten und die Luft oben, mal umgekehrt. Mal spielen die Filme vorwärts, mal rückwärts. Immer aber werden sie so langsam gespielt, dass sich eine "echte" Sekunde auf etwa 20 Minuten erstreckt. Ich war drei Stunden da drin, fühlte sich an wie drei Minuten. Die Farben, die Klänge, das Echo... Fantastisch!

Imagine: a hall, 110 meters high, 67 meters diameter, never ending echo... 5 amazing video screens of 15 x 18 meters.
The angels dive into the water or appear out of it; sometimes the water is on the bottom and the air on top, sometimes vice versa. Some films play forward, some backward. Always, however, they play so slowly, that a "real" second is stretched to 20 minutes. I was in there for about three hours, which felt like three minutes. The colors, the sounds, the echo ... Fantastic!


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