Tabula Rasa, 1993-2004
Tabula Rasa was “one of the absolute stand out of Views From The Avant Garde (NY Film Festival) 04’.” Michael Sicinski, Online Journal “The Academic Hack”
Filmed in a South Bronx high-school, Tabula Rasa attempts through sound image juxtapositions, digital manipulation and layering to deal at once with the propensity to mislead and eloquence of the recorded image. The ambiguous qualities of appearances, so assiduously cultivated by institutions, the motivations found in the clues that tells the history of objects, colors, textures, architecture and ultimately, psychological states of mind are but some of the players in this poetic and cultural happening.
All the material for this digital video was initially shot on16 mm film, in June of 1993. thanks to a grant from the Canada Council. We hear the voices of mediation counselor Victor Hall and student John Cruz. The filming would not have been possible without the help of an extraordinary teacher Dan Sheehan.
Screenings: Media City 11, Windsor, Ontario, 2nd Prize; Views from the Avant-Garde, NewYork Film Festival, 2004, Lincoln Center, NYC; 2004 Onion City Experimental Film & Video Festival, Chicago; Black Maria Film & Video Festival, Jury’s Citation (2nd Prize); Images Festival, Toronto, Ontario; San Francisco International Film Festival; Athens Int’l Film & Video festival, Ohio; Oberhausen Film & Video Festival, May 2006 Germany.
In many of my recent digital video works, I have experimented with color, sound and composition as expressions of cultural assumptions, in addition to, being expressions of phenomenological, visual or psychological events. Through sound image juxtapositions, digital manipulation and layering, my work attempts to deal at once with the propensity to mislead and eloquence of the recorded image. Images and sounds are chosen because of their potential for this kind of interaction. Paying close attention to a re-mix of the artifacts, camera recordings make, I am particularly interested in re-contextualizing or at least rescue received ideas in the way formal structures and meanings have traditionally been created.
Vincent Grenier was born in Québec City, Canada. He has lived largely in the US. mostly New York City. In spite of this, he was a frequent contributor to the Montreal Art scene of the 70’s and 80’s as well as the SF bay areas in the early 70's. He has made experimental films since the early seventies when he received an MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute in California. Grenier's films have been shown in the United States, Canada and Europe at showcases such as the Museum of Modern Art in NYC, the Anthology Film Archives, the Pacific Film Archives, the Collective for Living Cinema and Cinéma Parallel in Montréal. His films and videos have earned him production grants from the Canada Council, and in New York State, from CAPS, NYFA, and ETC.
He has made over two dozen films and more recently videos, such as TABULA RASA (7.5 min. 2004), 2nd prize Media City Festival, Windsor, Canada; Views from the Avant Garde, New York Film Festival and Onion Film & Video Festival, HERE (6.5 min, 2002) Awarded Gold for best Experimental film, New York Film Expo, COLOR STUDY (4.5 min, 2000) Rotterdam Film festival, London and Toronto Film Festivals , Lincoln Center, Second prize at the Black Maria Film Festival and MATERIAL INCIDENTS, (6 min. 2001), Rotterdam Film Festival. & New York Video Festival, FEET (27 min., video, 1994) won second prize at the 1995 Black Maria Festival and was shown in the WNET series Reel NY. His films include: OUT IN THE GARDEN (1991)--Best Documentary, 1992 Ann Arbor Film Festival, Best Experimental Documentary, 16th Atlanta Film/Video Festival, shown on WNET and London Film Festival; YOU (1990)--Black Maria Festival; TIME'S WAKE--(1987) Prize Winner Black Maria Festival; INTERIEUR INTERIORS (1978)--Prize Winner, San Francisco Are institute Film Festival; WORLD IN FOCUS (1976) Second Prize Winner, Ann Arbor Film Festival; and WINDOW WIND CHIMES (1974)-- Prize Winner, Bellevue Film Festival in Oregon. Seven of his films & videos were curated in the Whitney Museum of American Art 1970-2000 American Century Film program. Films by Grenier are included in the Donell media library in NYC, the National Film Archive, Ottawa, the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, AGO, Toronto and at many other institutions in Canada and the US.
Grenier teaches in the Cinema Department at Binghamton University and lives in Ithaca, New York.