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Water Panics in the Sea PhotoMidnight 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.

Midnight Moment Artist Laleh Khorramian in conversation with Andrew Hudson, Head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Water and Ocean Governance Programme, moderated by Ida Nicolaisen

Monday, January 27th, 2014, 6:30 PM

The Duke on 42nd Street, a NEW 42ND STREET® project, 229 West 42nd Street

Video by Sara Kinney for @TSqArts

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations' antipoverty agency, joined Times Square Advertising Coalition (TSAC) and Times Square Arts in presenting January 2014's Midnight Moment to highlight water and ocean sustainability issues.  In addition to being shown across electronic billboards and kiosks in Times Square nightly, Water Panics in the Sea also showed in UNDP offices around the globe. In conjunction, this panel discussion featured artist Laleh Khorramian and Andrew Hudson, Head of the UNDP Water and Ocean Governance Programme, in conversation about art as a catalyst for global issues and in this case, global water issues.

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.

About Andrew Hudson

Andrew Hudson joined UNDP in 1996 as Principal Technical Adviser for the UNDP-GEF International Waters Programme. He is currently Head of the UNDP Water & Ocean Governance Programme in the Environment and Energy Group of UNDP’s Bureau for Development Policy.  Andrew oversees and provides strategic, policy and technical guidance on all aspects of the development, implementation and evaluation of UNDP’s work in water and ocean governance with a currently active portfolio of about US$200 million working in over 100 countries.  He also served as Principal Technical Adviser for the UNDP/GEF Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) programme, from 2001 to 2005. He coordinated the strategic development and start-up of UNDP’s POPs portfolio and integration of the programme into UNDP’s Chemicals Management/Montreal Protocol Unit.  Andrew also serves as the “Green Team Leader” at UNDP leading efforts to move the organization towards environmental sustainability in its operations, including minimizing the organization’s carbon footprint.

Prior to joining UNDP, Andrew was Executive Director of The Center for Field Research at EARTHWATCH where he directed the development of EARTHWATCH’S annual field research program of 150 projects and over $3 million in grants.  He has also taught at the university and secondary school levels and was active in oceanographic research in the 1970’s and 1980’s in areas such as hydrothermal vent geochemistry, sedimentary diagenesis, hydrography and air-sea exchange.  Andrew received his BS and MS in Earth and Planetary Sciences from MIT, was a doctoral student in Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island, and received his PhD in Environmental Sciences from the University of Massachusetts-Boston, specializing in Environmental Economics and Policy.  http://www.undp.org/water

About Ida Nicolaisen

Ida Nicolaisen is Senior Reseach Fellow at the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, Copenhagen University, and Editor-in-Chief of the Carlsberg Foundation Nomad Research Project. She is the author of co-author of more than twenty scientific books on indigenous peoples, Vice-Chair of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, member of numerous boards, elected memeber of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, American Philosophical Society, and the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters.  

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.


The New 42nd Street

Building on the foundation of seven historic theaters, The New 42nd Street leads the dynamic evolution of the reinvented 42nd Street, cultivating a unique New York City cultural and entertainment destination through its three projects: The New Victory Theater, a performing arts theater devoted to kids and families; the New 42nd Street Studios, a state-of-the-art, 10-story performing arts complex for rehearsal, performance and arts administration; and The Duke on 42nd Street, an intimate black-box theater. An independent, nonprofit organization, The New 42nd Street is committed to the transformational power of the arts. http://www.new42.org