About the publication
Born in New York in 1951, Bill Viola is one of the artists to have had the greatest influence on the development of video as art from the early 1970s. He has directed over 40 films and 27 video installations but is also interested in scientific research, notably the phenomena of perception, as well as oriental philosophies, such as Buddhism. In 1990, this world-famous award-winning artist presented three installations at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain under the title The Sleep of Reason. Bill Viola questioned whether other levels of reality coexist within us that the visible world does not render. The catalog published for the exhibition presents and deciphers these astonishing installations.