Release Date: Jul 17, 2014
Storming Times Square by Daniel Canogar
July 24-27: 9am-noon and 4pm-7pm
Duffy Square at Broadway & 46th Street
September 1-30, 2014, every night from 11:57 p.m.–midnight
Media Opportunity with the Artist: Tuesday, July 24 at 9:00 a.m.
(New York, N.Y.) July 17, 2014 — Times Square Arts, in partnership with bitforms gallery, presents Spanish artist Daniel Canogar’s public intervention and video installation, Storming Times Square, this July and September. Canogar will film participants crawling across a horizontal green screen in Times Square, July 24-27 (9am-noon and 4pm-7pm each day). He will then transform those images into massive moving pictures that will storm the billboards of Times Square each night in September as part of Midnight Moment, a monthly presentation of The Times Square Advertising Coalition (TSAC) and Times Square Arts that displays synchronized, cutting-edge creative content on electronic billboards and newspaper kiosks throughout Times Square.
Using methods of public intervention and video installation, Storming Times Square is born from a desire to have viewers project themselves, literally and metaphorically, onto their immediate environments.
Daniel Canogar said, “My public art projects involve local communities as active contributors to the artwork. I thrive on working with large-scale dimensions, and have a passion for engaging with communities in non-artistic contexts. It is from this dialogue in the public realm that I believe some of my best work has emerged.”
Tim Tompkins, President of the Times Square Alliance, said, “Canogar brings a unique opportunity to Times Square visitors; not only are they able to take part in the creation of this video, but they will also be featured in our September Midnight Moment. It’s a chance for people to literally be on the electronic billboards of Times Square.”
Sherry Dobbin, Times Square Arts Director, said, “Times Square Arts looks forward to seeing our visitors take part in the unique contemporary art created for—and in—Times Square this July. Storming Times Square will bring out the inner child in all of us during these hot summer days, and, in September, when participants will be able to see themselves crawling up the buildings of Times Square for the Midnight Moment.”
Steven Sacks, bitforms gallery, said, “This public art project is Daniel Canogar's largest to date in New York City. Storming Times Square is a video installation built on audience participation, and it continues the trajectory of his widely acclaimed work in Spain, Belgium, Texas and California. His interventions have both disrupted and engaged numerous high profile architectural settings around the world. This is a very special opportunity for families and arts enthusiasts alike to collaborate and create a system of bodily gestures that encapsulate New York's uniquely vibrant, diverse and expressive culture.”
The project is presented in partnership with bitforms gallery and supported by AC/E and Spain Culture New York - Consulate General of Spain: member of the network Spain Arts & Culture.
Storming Times Square Schedule:
Public Intervention: Daniel Canogar films visitors in Times Square, July 24, 25, 26, and 27
9am-noon and 4pm-7pm daily
Duffy Square at Broadway & 46th Street
Film Presentation: Midnight Moment: Storming Times Square
September 1-30, 11:57 p.m. to midnight
Various billboards in Times Square
Media Opportunity with the Artist: The artist and members of Times Square Arts will be available to the media on Thursday, July 24 at 9:00 a.m. at Duffy Square on Broadway & 46th Street. R.S.V. P. to Daniela Stigh at firstname.lastname@example.org
Daniel Canogar (Madrid, 1964) received an M.A. from NYU and the International Center for Photography in 1990. His work as a visual artist focuses on photography, video, and installation art. He has created numerous public art pieces, including Waves, a permanent sculptural installation made with LED tiles, for the atrium of 2 Houston Center, Houston; Travesías, a flexible LED screen commissioned for the atrium of the European Union Council in Brussels during the Spanish Presidency of the European Union in 2010; and Constelaciones, the largest photo-mosaic in Europe created for two pedestrian bridges over the Manzanares River, in MRío Park, Madrid. Daniel has exhibited widely in Europe and the Americas. His recent work includes Asalto Greenwich, a video-projection inside The J House Hotel in Greenwich, CT; “Quadratura”, a solo exhibition at Espacio Fundación Telefónica in Lima; and Synaptic Passage, an installation commissioned for the exhibition "Brain: The Inside Story" at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.
Times Square Arts, the public arts program of the Times Square Alliance, collaborates with contemporary artists and cultural institutions to experiment and engage with one of the world's most iconic urban places. Through the Square's electronic billboards, public plazas, vacant areas and popular venues, and the Alliance's own online landscape, Times Square Arts invites leading contemporary creators to help the public see Times Square in new ways. Times Square has always been a place of risk, innovation and creativity, and the Arts Program ensures these qualities remain central to the district's unique identity. Generous support of Times Square Arts is provided by ArtPlace America and ArtWorks. Visit www.TimesSquareNYC.org/Arts. Follow us on Twitter @TSqArts and Instagram @TSqArts.
Founded in 2001, bitforms gallery is engaged in a contemporary focus that specializes in the visual discourse of new media culture. The gallery’s program draws upon a diverse range of disciplines and intellectual perspectives while maintaining a clear progressive thread. Supporting mid-career and historic figures, as well as launching emerging artists, bitforms gallery works with a roster of artists who participate in leading international exhibitions. Visit www.bitforms.com for more information.
Midnight Moment is the largest coordinated effort in history by the sign operators in Times Square to display synchronized, cutting-edge creative content on electronic billboards and newspaper kiosks throughout Times Square every night. The program 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. Each night, Times Square becomes a digital art gallery through dazzling visuals on select billboards and newsstands. Every show begins at 11:57 p.m. with a "countdown" that signals the start of the three minute nightly presentation. Past artists featured in the program include Isaac Julien; Robert Wilson; Tracey Emin; Seoungho Cho; Vicki DaSilva, Surabhi Saraf, and Elly Cho; Erika Janunger; Takeshi Murata; Bel Borba with Burt Sun and André Costantini; Zach Nader; Brian Gonzalez (aka Taxiplasm); Björk; JR; Ryan McGinley; Jack Goldstein; Nature Theater of Oklahoma; Ezra Wube; Laleh Khorramian; Brian Dailey; Leslie Thornton; and Yoko Ono. For more information on past projects, please visit TimesSquareNYC.org/MidnightMoment.
AC/E is a state company belonging to the public enterprise sector. Following the strategic guidelines of the office of the Secretary of State for Culture of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport, its aims are to promote Spain’s cultures and plural art-historical legacy and heritage both in Spain and overseas, to support the competiveness and internationalisation of the creative and cultural sector, and to foster Spain’s presence at particularly significant events and international and universal expositions. www.accioncultural.es
About Spain Culture New York - Consulate General of Spain: member of the network Spain Arts & Culture:
The Government of Spain - through the Cultural Department of the Consulate General of Spain in New York City, and the network of organizations supporting Spain's culture and language promotes culture and art, and strives to strengthen bilateral cultural, artistic and academic exchanges. Spanish-American cultural cooperation aims to create multiple links between the creative sectors of both countries and promote Spain's contemporary creative and artistic expressions. This cultural network also presents many art programs - featuring dance, music, visual arts, literature, humanities, architecture, and design - in a variety of venues, also in collaboration with relevant American entities throughout New York City. All cultural and artistic activities are supported by the Spanish Government in the US aiming to emphasize on diverse opinions and multiple forms of expression in line with Spain's own diversity in language, creativity and unique cultural heritage.
About Spain Arts and Culture:
SPAIN arts & culture features the most cutting-edge works of international renowned Spanish artists in fields such as design, urban culture, architecture, visual arts, film, performing arts, literature and music. A series of exhibitions, conferences, showcases, and performances take place every year at the most prestigious American cultural institutions bringing a taste of all the creativity, history, and talent of Spanish artists to the American public. This program is organized by the Embassy of Spain's Cultural Office in Washington, D.C. and its network of General Consulates and Cervantes Institutes in the United States together with the Spain-USA Foundation. The Spanish-American cultural cooperation aims to create multiple links between the creative sectors of both countries and promote modern Spain's fertile spectrum of contemporary artistic expression. All cultural and artistic activities that the Spanish government promotes and supports in the U.S., with special attention to Americas Hispanic community, strive to emphasize a plurality of expression and opinion, in line with Spain's own diversity in language, creativity in the arts and unique cultural heritage.