Bill Viola, “Chott el-Djerid (A Portrait in Light and Heat)” (1979).

Sep 29 2010 Published by Benito Vergara under notes

Chott el-Djerid

Since we’re experiencing a relative heatwave in the Bay Area, I thought I’d write about something vaguely appropriate. Bill Viola’s video is set in a 5,000-square kilometer salt lake in the Sahara Desert that receives 100 millimeters of rain a year, according to Wikipedia. (Chott el-Djerid is also famous for something entirely cinematically different: it stands in for the planet of Tatooine in the Star Wars saga.)

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