Light Dances over Water

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The work of Bill Viola and Philip Glass has long been hailed for its luminosity and mysticism. This paper will explore their shared elemental archetypes, water and light, expressed in terms of music and tonal value. It will trace various fonts of metaphysical inspiration in their work from sources based in archaic religion and esoteric belief structures such as Islamic Sufism, Zen Buddhism, Platonism and Pre-Socratic philosophy.

Keywords: Philip Glass, Bill Viola, Music, Light
Stream: Performing Arts Practices: Theatre, Dance, Music
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
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Dr. Giovanna Costantini

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Fraser, MI, USA

Giovanna Costantini holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in the History of Art. An NEH award recipient, her academic appointments have included professorships at the State University of New York and the University of Michigan, with Visiting Scholar residencies at the American Academy in Rome. Her research centers on esotericism in art with publications on subjects that range from the Shadow Theatre to Surrealism. Her reviews of exhibitions, art texts and exhibition catalogues have appeared in The Art Book (Blackwell). An active member of the College Art Association, ESSWE and ASE, she has delivered papers on esotericism in art at conferences throughout the world.

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