The Reflecting Pool & The Space Between The Teeth

Root Event

3. Werkleitz Biennale 1998 sub fiction

Parent Event

The Reflecting Pool & The Space Between The Teeth
US 1977-79
The Reflecting Pool

The Reflection Pool

In „The Reflecting Pool” all movement and change in an otherwise still scene is confined to the reflections on the surface of a pool in the woods. Suspended in time, a man hovers in a frozen, mid-air leap over the water, as subtle techniques of still-framing and multiple keying join disparate layers of time into a single coherent image.

The Space Between The Teeth

The tape is based on the structure of acoustic phenomena and the psychological dynamics of a man screaming at the end of a long dark corridor. With each successive scream, the camera point of view is hurtled at high velocity along the length of the hallway in decreasing increments. The corridor and the cinematic structuring of the camera’s advance act as metaphors for passage and transition between two worlds, bridged by the individual’s carthartic screams.

Bill Viola (US), The Reflection Pool, Video, 7 min, 1977-1979

Bill Viola (US), The Space Between The Teeth, Video, 9 min, 1976