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110 Days of Winter

Keiko Sono

110 Days of Winter is a public video installation that follows the evolution of an ice cover on a Catskill boulder. Its slow transformation is transfixing, and the shift in light triggers our sense of hope, evolutionarily associated with coming of spring.

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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).

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