The Tate Modern Exhibit: Bill Viola, Tiny Deaths
As the video comes to life alongside the sound effects, the imagery becomes clearer before suddenly disappearing in a flash.
On the 18th of September I visited the Tate Modern, where one exhibit captured my attention. This was Bill Viola’s ‘Tiny Deaths’, 1993, which is located in the Poetry and Dreams gallery, level 2, room 9. This was a piece of video art which used sounds and projections to capture the audience’s full attention. As you step into the darkened room, the sound of whispers fills your ears and grabs your attention. You feel a sense of thrill as the unexpected suddenly makes its’ self clear in the endless darkness; ghostly imagery suddenly appears, becoming brighter and clearer and disappearing as quickly as it had appeared. There was a series of these ghostly appearances which were all of different people and appeared at varied times, keeping the audience hooked to the unexpected.
I enjoyed visiting this exhibition as it kept your interest throughout and also allowed the audience to interact with the exhibit; the sudden ghostly imagery would make you jump in the complete darkness. The darkness combined with the sound effects made you forget about the other exhibits in the Tate and grabbed your full attention.