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A six monitor installation & multi media with sound based on video “Winter Collection” made in collaboration with Mary Zebell.

This piece was installed in the Lobby of the Park School at Ithaca College. Commissioned along with multiple screen video installation: "Color/Time/Shift" by Ithaca College Provost Office for the Opening of the 8th Finger Lakes Environment Film Festival on Oct 22, 2004. It ran continuously for the duration of the opening.

A pile of differently sized video monitors displays a loop of Winter Collection, Grenier’s 4.5 minute video originally shot in Hi 8 on a winter day in 1992, the last day Ithacans could have their dry garbage and cast-offs hauled away for free by the city of Ithaca. Huge piles of debris and broken household items had accumulated on curbsides throughout the city, awaiting disposal. Then it snowed.  These piles, the broken kinks of the comfort machine of consumerism, offer voyeuristic opportunities for incongruous art happenings. The camera collaborates with an old Toyota car, which doubles as a dolly, to photograph these found art installations offered in front yards. These random, quotidian piles transform with monster-like auras and new-found permanence. The Toyota also supplies the musique concrete soundtrack.  The installation puns and riffs the concept of recycling  and waste through  interface, sound, spatial configurations, and mise-en-abyme.

The Vincent Grenier and Mary Zebell collaborative installations were supported by the Division of Interdisciplinary and International Studies, Cinema on the Edge, and the Cinema Studies area of the Department of Cinema and Photography at Ithaca.

This page was updated on 8/20/2010