Takeshi Murata's Melter 2 on American Eagle Times Square, Bank of America, Viacom North, and 7TS screens;
Photographs by Ka-Man Tse for the Times Square Alliance
The Times Square Alliance is pleased to collaborate with Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI) to present Takeshi Murata’s extraordinary digital animation in Times Square as part of Midnight Moment. Murata’s Melter 2 (2003), an abstract experiment in hypnotic movement and color, will be screened as a massive multi-channel installation on a monumental scale: the piece will be presented on fifteen of the Square's iconic outdoor video signs throughout seven city blocks of Times Square every night. Screening every evening in November, just before midnight, Murata's graphic vision will fill Times Square with complex rippling bands of digital color. Screenings are best viewed on Duffy Square, on Broadway Plaza between 46th - 47th Streets, and on Broadway Plaza between 42nd and 43rd Streets.
"As New York continues its ongoing recovery in the aftermath of last week’s storm, Times Square can serve as a vital public space in which New Yorkers and visitors may share in a free and communal experience of art," said Lori Zippay, Executive Director of EAI. "EAI is pleased to collaborate with the Times Square Alliance to present Takeshi Murata’s extraordinary digital animation: three playful minutes of pure visual pleasure that also reflects the indomitable motion, exuberance and dynamism of the city itself."
ABOUT MIDNIGHT MOMENT
Midnight Moment is a monthly program that transforms New York City’s iconic digital signs into cutting edge works of art. When the program first premiered in May of 2012, it marked the first time sign operators surrounding Times Square joined together to offer coordinated creative content at a regularly scheduled time each and every day. Creativity has always been at the forefront of the Times Square signs and their presence is now so integral to the identity of this iconic public space that they are required within zoning regulations. This level of signholders' commitment to synchronize their daily programs to feature cutting-edge art throughout the year is unparalleled. Midnight Moment: A Digital Gallery 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 signholders and artists.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Takeshi Murata produces extraordinary digital works that refigure the experience of animation. His innovative practice and constantly evolving processes range from intricate computer-aided, hand-drawn animations to exacting manipulations of the flaws, defects and broken code in digital video technology. Whether altering appropriated footage from cinema (B movies, vintage horror films), or creating Rorschach-like fields of seething color, form and motion, Murata produces astonishing visions that redefine the boundaries between abstraction and recognition. With a powerfully sensual force that is expressed in videos, loops, installations and electronic music, Murata's synaesthetic experiments in hypnotic perception appear at once seductively organic and totally digital.Takeshi Murata was born in 1974 in Chicago, IL. He graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1997 with a B.F.A. in Film/Video/Animation. Murata has exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, California; Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan; Peres Projects, Los Angeles; Gavin Brown's Enterprise, New York; Eyebeam, New York; FACT Centre, Liverpool, UK; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio; Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; New York Underground Film Festival; Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, Foxy Production, New York, and Deitch Projects, New York, among others.In 2007 he had a solo exhibition, Black Box: Takeshi Murata, at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. Other recent solo exhibitions were held at Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, and Ratio 3, San Francisco, and Synthesizers this fall at Salon 94 in New York.
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