i've created a 'galleries and installations' collection in my Flickr photos and added a few from the recent trip. since i'm researching this stuff, i thought i'd better make it easier to refer back, plus give viewers a way to browse the world of art through dodgy low-res images!
'ocean without a shore' was created for the 2008 venice bienniale. the piece was originally presented in a centuries old chapel above three altars. at the NGV it is in a darkened room on three walls. each of the three screens features a succession of people who appear and disappear, in ultra-slow motion (as is viola's signature). apparently there are 14 hours of video.
the figures represent ghosts, or the dead, they walk slowly as shadowy figures towards some kind of barrier (which turns out to be a sheet of water - another viola signature). they push through the water and appear in full view, drenched and dripping, gazing in slow motion with varied expression, and then, with individuality, turn and leave.
others may have seen this but I've only just come across it. face2face is a photographic project seeking to bring peace in the Middle East. The photographers have taken photos of both Israelis and Palestinians making funny faces. They are displaying huge photos of both sets of images on both sides of the Wall.
simple. clever. compelling.
and the instigators say - 'Today, "Face to face" is necessary. Within a few years, we will come back for "Hand in hand".'