Viola Bill:I Do Not Know What It Is I Am Like
Viola Bill:I Do Not Know What It Is I Am Like
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Bill Viola
I Do Not Know What It Is I Am Like

I Do Not Know What It Is I Am Like
Created and directed by Bill Viola
Color, Stereo Sound
United States/Japan, 1986
89 minutes

I Do Not Know What It Is I Am Like
includes the following chapters:
Il Corpo Scuro (The Dark Body)
The Language of the Birds
The Night of Sense
Stunned by the Drum
The Living Flame

An epic journey in five chapters, I Do Not Know What It Is I Am Like is a personal investigation into the inner states and connections to animal consciousness we all possess. 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 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, Viola was also artist-in-residence at the San Diego Zoo.

Kathy Rae Huffman, Curator/Producer, The Contemporary Art Television Fund

USA, 1986, produced by Bill Viola Studio in association with The Contemporary At Television Fund, a project of The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, and WGBH New Television Workshop; Executive Producer and Production Manager: Kira Perov; made possible with the support of The American Film Institute in association with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Council for the Arts and Humanities (New Works Program), ZDF (Das kleine Fernsehspiel), Western States Regional Media Arts Fellowship, Rocky Mountain Film Center, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (Video Fellowship).
All photographs: Kira Perov, © Kira Perov and Bill Viola.
© Bill Viola 2006. The copyright proprietors have licensed the material in this DVD Video for private and domestic use only. All other rights reserved.