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LalehMidnight Moment: Laleh Khorramian, Water Panics in the Sea. January 1-31, 2014; 11:57pm - midnight every night. Photograph by Ka-Man Tse for @TSqArts. Midnight Moment is a presentation of the Times Square Advertising Coalition (TSAC) and Times Square Arts.

Water Panics in the Sea is the fourth in a series of short films based on the five elements of Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Ether. Constructed through a process of iterative magnification and manipulation of minute details derived from mono-type prints and drawings, the film seeks to question our habituated perception by an intricate use of scale, distance, time and space. Reflecting on human themes of odyssey and conquest, the film follows the voyage of a ghost ship as it traverses the ocean waters through an accelerated, indistinct chronology, underscoring the seemingly infinitesimal, the absurd, and the epic.

"While I stage my stories in fabricated worlds extracted from images, my films try to venture beyond veneers of reality and consciousness into the subconscious, seeking out the potential of fiction and poetry, of imagination and perversion, to access the withdrawn textures of human experience and history." – Laleh Khorramian

This month, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations' antipoverty agency, joins TSAC and Times Square Arts as an additional partner, highlighting water and ocean sustainability issues. Water Panics in the Sea will be shown in UNDP offices across the globe in conjunction with a panel discussion moderated by Ida Nicolaisen on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 6:30 pm between artist Laleh Khorramian and Andrew Hudson, Head of the UNDP Water and Ocean Governance Programme, at The Duke on 42nd Street, 229 West 42nd Street, New York City.

CLICK HERE for more information on the panel discussion.


Midnight Moment: Laleh Khorramian, Water Panics in the Sea. January 1-31, 2014; 11:57pm - midnight every night. Video by Sara Kinney.

Laleh1Midnight Moment: Laleh Khorramian, Water Panics in the Sea. January 1-31, 2014; 11:57pm - midnight every night. Photograph by Ka-Man Tse for @TSqArts.

laleh2Midnight Moment: Laleh Khorramian, Water Panics in the Sea. January 1-31, 2014; 11:57pm - midnight every night. Photograph by Ka-Man Tse for @TSqArts.

laleh3Midnight Moment: Laleh Khorramian, Water Panics in the Sea. January 1-31, 2014; 11:57pm - midnight every night. Photograph by Ka-Man Tse for @TSqArts.

CLICK HERE for more images from January's Midnight Moment 

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, 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; Tracey Emin;  Björk and Andrew Thomas Huang,  JR, Jack Goldstein, Ryan McGinley, Seoungho Cho; Neil Goldberg; Nabil Elderkin, Andrew van der Westhuyzen and Gregory Stern; Vicki DaSilva, Surabhi Saraf, and Elly Cho;  Erika Janunger; Takeshi Murata; Bel Borba with Burt Sun and André Costantini;  Brian Gonzalez (aka Taxiplasm); Yoko Ono, and Isaac Julien.

Each night, Times Square becomes a digital art gallery through dazzling visuals on select billboards and newsstands. 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.

12 past 12

Looking for a nightcap after Midnight Moment?  Starting January 2014, Times Square Alliance and Times Square Arts are proud to launch a new promotional program, 12 past 12, featuring twelve neighborhood bars, open past midnight, that offer locals and visitors a specialty cocktail or deal to enjoy following the Midnight Moment screening.  Just mention "Midnight Moment!"


About Laleh Khorramian

Born in 1974 in Tehran, Iran, Khorramian lives and works in upstate New York. She studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and received her undergraduate degree at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, and her MFA at Columbia University, New York. Khorramian has exhibited internationally, including shows in MASS MOCA, U.S.A; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Art Basel Statements, Ballroom Marfa, Texas; Istanbul Museum of Art, Istanbul; and The Queensland Art Gallery, Australia. In 2013, she recently published her limited edition artist book Include Amplified Toilet Water.

Animation, digital media and sampled audio supplements use of collages, mono-types and drawing. Khorramian approaches her work as a series of experiments with the process of chance as a starting point for discovering possibilities of the unknown, whose details and outcomes she then investigates and repositions. The mono-types act as the starting point for filmic works. In a vacillating process between macro and micro views of painted landscapes and incidental spaces, Khorramian integrates fiction with spectacle and theater constructions to explore the discarded and chance outcomes as a creative strategy to consider transience of living matter and beings and its cycles of depletion and plenitude.

Times Square Advertising Coalition (TSAC)

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.

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Since 1966 UNDP partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. On the ground in more than 170 countries and territories, we offer global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations. For more info, please visit www.undp.org.