[1 — the first of the series of Italian notations.]
You Shall Be Death | Viola Installations
Given that today is the day for the celebration of Death, the hallowed eve — I offer this meditation: and what was, and what shall be — for all of us; it’s that one inescapable truth.
In my return from Europe, I’d referenced
an exhibit and video installation that was in a crypt.
It wasn’t planned as a discovery,
a known entity, but rather it appeared on
a late night walk-through
the labyrinths of Milano.
And, rather than the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, just around the corner in the ancient side of Milano, a stately set of galleries and massive library shelves, corridors and objects of art — this expression was underground — in a sepulcher.
It’s a powerful alignment
history and spirituality.
That was where the power was, an exhibit on the vanishment
that is our trait in a profoundly sanctified space —
an underground transitional place;
in the evanescence of all of us —
where we go, as we shall
At 4.00min, you can grasp the tenor of the production.
We all know its inevitability.
It comes, we go.
Bill Viola designed it, shot it, wrote it, produced it.
It has the character of these studies — the video.
It’s an astonishing piece of work –
a grouping of three separate installations.
I waited until late, with Dawn,
to see the show at 10.00pm.
Down into a crypt.
Imagine the dust: