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Keiko Sono » 110 Days of Winter (2012)

110 Days of Winter (excerpt, 3:32)

Single channel video, 2011, 40:43 on loop

(If the video does not load properly, see it on Vimeo)

110 Days of Winter is a high definition single channel video installation. It follows the formation and evolution of an ice layer on a Catskill boulder, beginning and ending with a bare rock wall from December to April, condensing the five-month-long process into a 40-minute loop. The slow change is barely perceptible at first, yet once the eye is settled, the morphing of ice and shift in light manifest from within.

The goal of this project is to provide the audience with a space where we can slow down and be immersed in the sensory experience, while being mindful of the changing environment we are in. 110 Days refers to how many days there were in 2007, when the original photos were taken, from the first sign of ice to its disappearance. But last winter (2011–12), there were about 70 days. While the video on a seamless loop repeats the process endlessly, the actual ice layer may cease to return in the coming decades.

110 Days of Winter is sponsored by Artspire, a program of the New York Foundation for the Arts.

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