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Release Date: Jan 03, 2013

Monthly Program Organized and Supported by the Times Square Advertising Coalition

in Partnership with Times Square Arts

2013 Program Kicks Off with Cosmic Light and Energy Show on Times Square Billboards

 January 1st-31st, every night from 11:57pm till Midnight

New York, NY- January 1, 2013 – 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. Statis 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.

Times Square Advertising Coalition (TSAC) is 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.   Members of TSAC include:  ABC Regional Sports & Entertainment Sales, Clear Channel Spectacolor, Daktronics, D3 LED, Digital Domination, Hines Management, Jamestown One Times Square, Lamar Advertising Company, Landmark Sign & Electric, Metro Media Technologies, Newmark Knight Frank, North Shore Neon, P.R.omotion!, Sherwood Outdoor, SL Green, The Times Square Alliance, The WOW Factor and Thomson Reuters.  www.timessquareadcoalition.org

Times Square Arts, the public arts program of the Times Square Alliance, presents leading contemporary art and performances in multiple forms and media to more than 400,000 daily visitors to New York City’s Times Square, making it one of the highest profile public arts programs in the United States. Since its inception, Times Square Arts has featured works by a diverse group of more than four dozen prominent and emerging artists. Working in partnership with cultural institutions and festivals, the program is further supported by Rockefeller Brothers Fund and Rockefeller Foundation’s Cultural Innovation Fund, which works to spur and support cultural innovation in New York City’s creative sector. Visit www.TimesSquareNYC.org/arts for more information. Follow us on Twitter: @TSqArts

About the Artist
Brian Gonzalez (aka Taxiplasm) graduated with honors from the School of Visual Arts as the winner of Outstanding Cinematography Class of 2009 (awarded by Robert Elswit, ASC) and has garnered numerous accolades from Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, Art Basel Miami Beach, The Robert Wilson Watermill Center and more. Since, Gonzalez has created multi-disciplinary video works with Untitled Magazine, Atlantic Records, Chimera Music, renowned performance artists Sarah Small, Seanna Sharpe and more, along with ContaminateNYC creating multi-sensory interactive installation experiences. Currently Gonzalez is co-directing a feature length documentary with Sean Lennon chronicling legendary avant garde designers threeASFOUR and this coming February will be screening three films as part of Lincoln Center's Dance On Camera Festival.

Jonathan Henry is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker specializing in documentary, fashion, and video art. Playing off inspiration from his upbringing, much of his personal work is influenced by dance and the movement of the human body. Jonathan is currently working with New York production company Colony.