Butterfly Visits Dentist: Bill Viola Paris show

My notes on the Bill Viola show at the Grand Palais in Paris.

Bill Viola - Grand Palais - Paris 2014-

going to the dentist
I sometimes dread going to a Bill Viola show because I fear that he will have done a piece that one of my video works resembles, and thereby ensure that people will say I’m influenced by him, or, worse, that I copied him. Like Viola, I shoot water, fire and slow motion video.

Don’t get me wrong: I’m not comparing myself to the greatest video artist of the day, I realize that he is an eagle and I am a butterfly. I just don’t want to be seen as a butterfly imitating an eagle.

So I joke that going to a Bill Viola show is like going to the dentist, you know you have to go, but you’re concerned that it’s going to hurt. I put off seeing his current show in Paris as long as I could. I was wrong to do so. The dentist visit was actually pretty interesting, and not as threatening as I imagined.

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17. June 2014 by benjamin
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AIN’T NO GRAVE – a crowd sourced music video

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The Johnny Cash Project offers a glimpse of what participatory cinema could look like

Chris Milk‘s innovative interactive movie project invites you to draw a frame (from scratch or referencing an existing one), and to submit your frame to become part of a beautiful black and white animation to illustrate Johnny Cash’s song “Ain’t No Grave”.
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09. April 2014 by benjamin
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Dadaism

dada is dadaism man ray

The future of DADA
is
DADA DATA

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20. March 2014 by benjamin
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from wings: CONSTELLATION (silent photostream)

An impressionistic silent photostream from wings of CONSTELLATION
by the Alonzo King LINES Ballet
with art by Jim Campbell,
performed in Paris in 2013

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19. February 2014 by benjamin
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Alonzo King LINES Ballet – Paris portraits

The first of several galleries of photos I took of Constellation, the wonderful Alonzo King LINES Ballet’s shows in Paris, featuring art by Jim Campbell.

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17. February 2014 by benjamin
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Constellation from wings

A gallery of photos I shot from the wings of Constellation, the wonderful Alonzo King LINES Ballet’s shows in Paris, featuring art by Jim Campbell.

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17. February 2014 by benjamin
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Constellation: Jim Campbell’s art technology

A gallery of photos I shot of Jim Cambpell’s media art technology for Constellation, the wonderful Alonzo King LINES Ballet’s shows in Paris.

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19. January 2014 by benjamin
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Late Night in Paris

Luc-Courchesne-Luc-Martinez-Benjamin-Bergery-Jim-Campbell-and-friend-in-Paris-2013Luc Courchesne, Luc Martinez, Marcel, Benjamin Bergery, Jim Campbell

A photo of a memorable night out at the all-night restaurant Au Pied de Cochon in Paris with my sometime-collaborators Luc, Luc and Jim – and our entertaining waiter Marcel.

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11. December 2013 by benjamin
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Eve Babitz plays Marcel Duchamp – 1963

Eve Babitz and Marcel Duchamp play chess-

This photo was taken 50 years ago.
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29. October 2013 by benjamin
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Leonard Cohen on the foothills of old age – 2006

A beautiful 3-part 2006 interview with poet Leonard Cohen “on the foothills of old age”:

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Watch part 1 on YouTube

Old desires “depart from you, which is merciful… they illuminate”
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14. October 2013 by benjamin
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