the nature of images

perhaps one of the most difficult tasks of the contemporary artist is not to became swamped by the number of techno-tools capable of precision rendering of the visible world (photo,film,video) and to create with these systems  the “pure” images of the symbolic. (…) Images that are not images implies a use of images in ways other than the reproduction for appreciation of the visual physical world. MANDALAS are an example of this, having specif function which determines their appearance.

Bill Viola – notes june 1981

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