Statement of responsibility: Bill Viola
In a stream of images of striking clarity, depth and beauty, interwoven with a subtle fabric of natural sound, Bill Viola evokes a view of the natural world and our place in it. The images for this video work were gathered over a period of two years, taking in several weeks with a freely roaming herd of buffalo in Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota, recording a time-lapse sequence beside a glacial lake in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, and attending a week-long firewalking ritual at a Hindu Temple on the island of Fiji. During this time, Viola was also artist-in-residence at the San Diego Zoo. "I Do Not Know What It Is I Am Like" includes the following chapters: Il Corpo Scuro (The Dark Body), The Language of the Birds, The Night of Sense, Stunned by the Drum, The Living Flame.