Supernovas, cosmic collisions and stellar patterns will light the billboards in Times Square every night throughout January, turning the "Crossroads of the World" into the "Crossroads of the Universe." The "Midnight Moment," presented by the Times Square Advertising Coalition (TSAC) and Times Square Arts, launches its 2013 season with Stasis, a celestial inspired piece by artists Taxiplasm & Jonathan Henry. The synchronized art program will be shown on over fifteen of the largest digital screens in Times Square every night at 11:57 pm - midnight, as part of the largest coordinated effort in history by sign operators in Times Square to display daily, synchronized creative content.
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.
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.
The "Midnight Moment" is the largest coordinated effort in history by the sign operators in Times Square to display synchronized, cutting-edge creative content on billboards throughout Times Square every night. The program, formerly known as "Times Square Moment: A Digital Gallery", premiered in May 2012 and is organized and supported by the Times Square Advertising Coalition in partnership with Times Square Arts, the public art program for the Times Square Alliance, with additional partners of participating sign holders and artists. Past artists featured in the program 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. For more information on past projects, please visit http://www.timessquarenyc.org/times-square-arts/moment/index.aspx.
Each night, Times Square becomes a digital art gallery through dazzling visuals on select billboards. Every show begins at 11:57pm 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 following digital screens are participating in the January "Midnight Moment": ABC Super Sign, American Eagle Times Square, Bank of America, CEMUSA, City Outdoor, Disney, JVC Screen, NASDAQ, Spectacolor HD129 / Times Square Museum & Visitor Center Marquee, ClearChannel HD128, Spectacolor HD127 / CNN Screen, Times Square Visitor Center, Viacom North & South (SL Green Realty) Thomson Reuters, and 7TS (7 Times Square).
Guidelines for artist and designer participation in future programs are located on the Times Square website.