Supernovas, cosmic collisions and stellar patterns will light the billboards in New York City’s Times Square every night throughout January. The “Midnight Moment,” presented by the Times Square Advertising Coalition (TSAC) and Times Square Arts, launches its 2013 season with Stasis, by artists Taxiplasm & Jonathan Henry. The synchronized art program will be shown on the largest digital screens in Times Square every night from 11:57 pm to midnight as part of the largest coordinated effort in history by sign operators in Times Square to display synchronized creative content each day.
This piece, called Stasis, is a compilation of several video painting variations creating a hypnotic landscape of color and motion. The piece is in many ways inspired by NASA photographs of celestial, cosmic activity and stellar patterns and shapes across the universe. The artist known as Taxiplasm draws a parallel between the way gases majestically interact with one another to the imagery of organic fluids here on Earth – as if parts of the universe were intertwining to create offspring.
Times Square Public Art
Alan High, chairman of the Times Square Advertising Coalition and president & general manager of Clear Channel Outdoor Spectacolor & Mall Divisions, said: “Stasis is a gorgeous and sweeping work that is perfect for kicking off our 2013 ‘Midnight Moment’ program, which is designed to capture the imagination and dazzle all who come to Times Square.”
Tim Tompkins, president of the Times Square Alliance, said: “Creativity has always been at the forefront of Times Square signs, and this month’s content soaring across the canyon of Times Square is no exception. Stasis reinforces the scope of this program, drawing crowds to Times Square to interact with the signs and showcasing the work of new, cutting edge-artists each night.”
“My collaborators and I are grateful for this unique opportunity to launch the program in the New Year and share our cosmic imagery and understanding on this amazing platform with the people of New York City,” said artist Taxiplasm. The artist was recently featured in Art in America’s review of the most preeminent video at Art Basel Miami Beach in December 2012.
Coordinated Public Art Display
The program, formerly known as “Times Square Moment: A Digital Gallery,” premiered in May 2012. Past featured artists include Robert Wilson; Seoungho Cho; Vicki DaSilva, Surabhi Saraf, and Elly Cho; Erika Janunger; Takeshi Murata; Bel Borba with Burt Sun and André Costantini; and Yoko Ono.
Each night, Times Square becomes a digital art gallery through dazzling visuals on select billboards. Every show begins at 11:57 pm with a “countdown” that signals the start of the 3 minute nightly presentation. Content changes monthly; selected works are announced in the weeks preceding the start of a new show as are the exact signs participating in that month’s selection.
The show is sponsored by the Times Square Advertising Coalition (TSAC), a trade association comprised of major advertisers, retailers, real estate firms, media companies and other businesses involved in the outdoor sign industry in Times Square, along with organizations representing Broadway and the community, and Times Square Arts, the public arts program of the Times Square Alliance, which presents leading contemporary art and performances in Times Square.