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Seoungho Cho Am Eagle Times Square Moment June 2012 Click on image to launch gallery
Above photograph by Lovis Dengler for the Times Square Alliance.

June 1 -30, 2012, every night at 11.57pm

Seoungho Cho's Buoy (2008), was presented in partnership with the Times Square Adverstising Coalition and Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI) for June 2012. Seoungho Cho's luminous tribute to the California desert is a multi-channel installation on Times Square's iconic outdoor video screens, stretching down Broadway and 7th Avenue from 49th Street to 41st Street. Screening every evening in June, just before midnight, Cho's visually stunning moving image work will turn Times Square into a virtual canyon–surrounding the viewer with a Western landscape captured in motion, light, and digital transformation.

This presentation of Buoy was part of Midnight Moment, the ongoing public video project organized and presented by the Times Square Advertising Coalition (TSAC) and Times Square Arts, the public art program of the Times Square Alliance.

The golden, barren landscape of Death Valley, California, recorded by Seoungho Cho from a moving car, provides the luminous and mysterious texture of Buoy. As the title suggests, the work reflects on the polar extremes of this desert, which was once the floor of a vast sea, now traversed by sight-seeing tourists. In contrast to the horizontal landscape, which floats ceaselessly past Cho's camera, vertical "strata" pattern the imagery, creating an axis between natural landscape and Cho's composition. Cho accumulated his Death Valley footage over several years; the vertical patterning further represents the collapse of this footage into what appears to be a continuous drive through the desert.

Seoungho Cho was born in 1959 in Pusan, South Korea. He received his B.A. and M.A. in Graphic Arts from Hong-Ik University, Korea, and an M.A. in video art from New York University. In 1998 he received a Rockefeller Foundation Media Arts Fellowship and in 2003 he received a Jerome Foundation grant. He received the Grand Prize at the 27th Annual Black Maria Film and Video Festival as well as the International Award for Video Art from ZKM. Cho's one-person exhibitions have included The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Philip Feldman Gallery, Oregon; the Contemporary Art Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii; the Pusan Metropolitan Museum of Art, Korea; Montevideo, Amsterdam; and the Cinematheque Ontario, Toronto. His work has been shown in numerous international festivals and exhibitions, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the 58th Edinburgh International Film Festival; Pandaemonium '98, Lux Centre, London; Centro d'Art Santa Monica in Barcelona, Spain.

Buoy has been screened at the Busan International Video Festival / Bandee (2011) and at Oberhausen International Film Festival (2009).

Founded in 1971, Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI) is one of the world's leading nonprofit resources for video art. A pioneering advocate for media art and artists, EAI fosters the creation, exhibition, distribution, and preservation of video art and digital art. EAI's core program is the distribution and preservation of a major collection of over 3,500 new and historical media works by artists. EAI's activities include viewing access, educational services, extensive online resources, and public programs such as artists' talks, exhibitions and panels. The Online Catalogue is a comprehensive resource on the artists and works in the EAI collection, and also features extensive materials on exhibiting, collecting and preserving media art: www.eai.org

Visit Circa 1971: Early Video & Film from the EAI Archive, an exhibition of 20 moving-image works at Dia:Beacon, organized on the occasion of EAI's 40th Anniversary, through September 24th.

Presented by the Times Square Advertising Coalition in association with Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI)
Curated by Times Square Arts

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