110 Days of Winter
is a high definition video installation
in a large public space. It follows the formation and evolution of an
ice layer on a Catskill boulder, beginning and ending with bare rock
wall from December to April. Its slow pace, with the entire cycle
completing in 21 minutes, is difficult to detect at first, but clearly
noticeable after a while. It is placed on a seamless loop, so the
21-minute cycle repeats itself endlessly.
The amorphous transformation of ice and water, when revealed at this
speed, is mesmerizing and holds the audience captivated, as we are by a
campfire. The shift in light and change of pace trigger our sense of
hope, evolutionarily associated with coming of spring.
The mission of this project is to provide its audience with a space
in our chaotic life, where the clock is stopped, the weight is lifted,
and the connection to the larger universe is reestablished.
It achieves this by first grasping the audience’s attention with the
theatrical composition of the boulder and the familiar appearance of a
nature time-lapse video. But it is only after the viewer is fixed on the
slowly changing image, that this trans-like state is attained.
Because of this, the installation takes place in a public space where
people spend time waiting, such as waiting rooms in hospitals or
airports (stage 1), and in courtyards of office buildings and on
billboards in urban centers (stage 2).