Snows

1967, 20:30 min, color and b&w, silent, 16 mm film on video

This is a newly restored version of documentation of the 1967 group performance Snows, which was built out of Schneemann's outrage and sorrows over the atrocities of the Vietnam War. An ethereal stage environment combining colored light panels, film projection, torn collage, hanging sacks of colored water, "snow," crusted branches, rope, foil and foam was the set and setting in which an audience-activated electronic switching system controlled elements of the performance/installation. Images from film, slide and live action propel silent, ghostly performers to become aggressor and victim, torturer and tortured, lover and beloved, as well as simply themselves in this breakthrough mixed-media film performance. (The film Viet-Flakes is a central element).

In 2007 EAI received a grant to preserve this work through the Avant-Garde Masters program funded by The Film Foundation and administered by the NFPF.

Camera: Alphonse Shilling.

This film was preserved through the Avant-Garde Masters program funded by The Film Foundation and administered by the NFPF.