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Reflecting Pool, The

See the record for "New Television, Episode 104 (1991)" for descriptions of videos containing this work.

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Bill Viola

Viola, Bill

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"Movement and change in an otherwise still scene are limited to the reflections and ripples on the surface of a pond in the woods. Special video techniques form disparate layers of time into a final composite image, evoking a kind of baptism -- the emergence of the individual into the natural world." -- WGBH press release

A large, rectangular pool in an outdoor lush environment serves as the setting for "The Reflecting Pool." A male figure winds up a path in the background and stands at the edge of the pool. Natural sounds -- the movement of water, the roar of nearby traffic -- form the score. The man jumps into the air with a shout, as if to "cannonball" into the pool. His figure hangs suspended over the water, which continues to ripple and move in different patterns beneath him. Eventually, the figure disappears from the frame, but reflections of moving figures are seen on the surface of the water. Naked, the man emerges from the pool, and disappears down the path. The work is approximately seven minutes long.

Benson, Terry (Associate Producer, WNET)
Brandenberg, Carol (Supervising Producer, WNET)
Eison, Carvin (Coordinating Producer, WXXI)

Television Laboratory, WNET
WXXI Television Workshop (Rochester, New York)

Balanger, Mike (Video Editor)
Hutter, Bruce (Video Editor)

New York State Council on the Arts
National Endowment for the Arts
Sony Corporation
Electronic Arts Intermix

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