Bill Viola

Bill Viola
Year of birth, place
1951, Flushing, New York, United States
lives and works in
Long Beach, California, United States
Role at the ZKM
Guest Artist, in the collection
Institute / Department
Institute for Visual Media, Institute for Music and Acoustics
1969-1973 studied at the experimental studios of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, Syracuse University, New York (B.A.). 1973-1980 studied experimental music; worked together with David Tudor, John Cage and the group »Composers Inside Electronics – Rainforest«; 1974-1976, technical director for video productions at »Art/Tapes/22« in Florence; 1976-1980, Artist in Residence in the experimental studio WNET/13 Television Laboratory in New York; fellowships: 1977, Rockefeller Foundation, 1978/1983/1986/1989, National Endowment of the Arts, 1980/1981, Japan/US Creative Arts Fellowship. Study trips include travel to Java, Tibet, Japan and North Africa; 1983 Visiting Professor for Video at the California Institute of the Arts, Valencia; 1994 named official representative of the USA at the 46th Venice Biennal; 1995 honorary doctorate of the University of Syracuse; 1997 honorary doctorate of School of The Art Institute of Chicago; 2000 honorary doctor of the California Institute of Arts. The American Academy of Arts and Sciences appointed Viola a honorary professor in 2000; Bill Viola lives and works in Long Beach, California.
[Last update: 2000]