Tristan’s Ascension is made by the American contemporary artist Bill Viola, who is famous for his evocative films. Through a flow of air bubbles we can see a male body lying flat on a stone slab in an empty space. Small drops of water become visible as they leave the ground and rise through space. Slowly the activity of air and flows in the water increase, and the roaring masses of water pushes the body upwards. The body floats over the stone slab and is pushed upwards by the water, until it finally disappears out of our field of sight. The flow of water and drops slowly decreases again, until the empty stone slab is left alone, sparkling on the wet floor.
World Class Art
Bill Viola is one of the world’s greatest artists at the moment, and is represented at several important museums all over the world, including The Museum of Modern Art in New York, Tate Modern in London, Centre Cultural Georges Pompidou in Paris, and The National Museum in Oslo.
Tristan’s Ascension is deposited by Tone and Tor Dagfinn Veen.
Photo: Stills from Bill Viola'sTristan’s Ascension (The Sound of a Mountain Under a Waterfall), 2005. Color High-Definition video projection; four channels of sound with subwoofer (4.1) Screen size: 580 cm x 326 cm. Performer: John Hay. Photographer: Kira Pero.