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Björk in her music video for "Mutual Core."  Directed by Andrew Thomas Huang, Cinematography by August Jakobsson.   Photographs by Ka-Man Tse @TSqArts.

Björk & Andrew Thomas Huang, Mutual Core AmEagle and BofABjörk in her music video for "Mutual Core."  Directed by Andrew Thomas Huang, Cinematography by August Jakobsson.   Photographs by Ka-Man Tse @TSqArts.

A video by internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter Björk, will be shown every night in March as part of a synchronized program on over fifteen of the largest digital signs in Times Square.  Björk’s work, Mutual Core, will premiere just before midnight on March 1st and play throughout the month as part of the Midnight Moment, a presentation of  the Times Square Advertising Coalition (TSAC) and Times Square Arts.  Directed by Los Angeles-based filmmaker Andrew Thomas Huang, this video has been edited specifically for the digital signs and is part of Björk’s Biophilia Series, combining music with technological innovation and exploring themes of science and nature. In the video, the forces of nature explode across a futuristic landscape where volcanoes erupt from a dessert floor, a snowstorm transforms the environment, and anthropomorphic rocks come to life orbiting around a goddess of nature. The original version of the video was created by MOCAtv for the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art.  This Midnight Moment presentation is part of the New York City launch of Streaming Museum’s Nordic Outbreak, an internationally touring exhibition of leading contemporary Nordic artists.

“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 EminYoko OnoOri GershtSeoungho Cho;  Vicki DaSilva, Surabhi Saraf, and Elly ChoErika JanungerTakeshi Murata; Bel Borba with Burt Sun and André Costantini; Brian Gonzalez (aka Taxiplasm). For more information on past projects, please click here.

Watch Mutual Core in Times Square

 courtesy of Streaming Museum



About the Artists and Partners

Björk 

Björk collaborated with app developers, scientists, writers, inventors, musicians, and instrument makers to create a unique exploration of the universe and its physical forces—particularly those where music, nature and technology meet. The project is inspired by and explores these relationships between musical structures and natural phenomena, from the atomic to the cosmic. Born Björk Gudmundsdottir on November 21, 1965, in Reykjavik, Iceland., Björk founded the band the Sugarcubes in 1986 before striking out on her own to a hugely successful solo career in 1993. In 2000, Björk appeared on the big screen in the critically acclaimed film Dancer in the Dark. She also scored the film and won the Best Actress prize at the Cannes Film Festival for her performance.   Visit  bjork.com.

Andrew Thomas Huang

Andrew Thomas Huang is a filmmaker and artist living in Los Angeles. His film "Solipsist" was honored at the Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors Showcase at Cannes Lions and won Best Experimental Short Film at the Slamdance Film Festival.  The film caught the attention of Icelandic polymath Björk, leading Andrew to direct her music video for "Mutual Core," premiering at MOCA Los Angeles.   Andrew's work has also been showcased at the Hammer Museum, MOCA Taipei, and ASVOFF at the Centre Pompidou.  Andrew graduated with a degree in Fine Art and Animation from the University of Southern California.   Visit the artist’s website:   http://www.andrewthomashuang.com.

Streaming Museum 

Streaming Museum produces and presents contemporary-themed exhibitions of international multi-media arts, innovative ideas and related programs to a global audience via mobile devices, a network of big screens worldwide, and at cultural and public centers. Since its launch on January 29, 2008, exhibitions have been viewed on big screens in over 55 cities on 7 continents. Programs are generated in collaboration with a variety of cultural and educational organizations, prominent and emerging visual and performing artists, curators, and visionaries across fields.  Visit www.streamingmuseum.org.

MOCAtv

MOCAtv, which launched October 1, 2012, is a new, online contemporary art video channel, and a digital extension of the education and exhibition program of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA). MOCAtv is the first and only dedicated art channel to be part of YouTube's original channel initiative announced October 2011, and one of fourteen new, original channels that make up YouTube Education, a collection of more than 700,000 videos on a wide range of educational topics from math to science, history to geography. MOCA is the first contemporary art museum to associate with a major media company in an online video-programming venture of this scale, and the new channel features curated and original videos to educate and engage the global, online audience about contemporary art and its intersection with film, video, music, performance, dance, comedy, and more.   WATCH and JOIN NOW at youtube.com/mocatv


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Björk in her music video for "Mutual Core."  Directed by Andrew Thomas Huang, Cinematography by August Jakobsson.   Photographs by Ka-Man Tse.

Björk & Andrew Thomas Huang, Mutual CoreBjörk in her music video for "Mutual Core."  Directed by Andrew Thomas Huang, Cinematography by August Jakobsson.   Photographs by Ka-Man Tse.

Björk & Andrew Thomas Huang, Mutual Core AmEagle and BofABjörk in her music video for "Mutual Core."  Directed by Andrew Thomas Huang, Cinematography by August Jakobsson.   Photographs by Ka-Man Tse.

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Mutual Core Credits

Director:  Andrew Thomas Huang
Producer:  Árni Björn Helgason 
Production  Company: Sagafilm
 
REYKJAVIK UNIT:
Cinematographer: August Jakobsson 
Production Designer: Gudjon Olafsson 
Art Director: Thorgeir Odinsson
Makeup Artist: Frida Maria Hardardottir
 
LOS ANGELES UNIT:
Cinematographer: Laura Merians 
Production Designer: Hugh Zeigler 
Art Director: Orion Martin
 
POST PRODUCTION:
Executive Producer: David Lyons
VFX Company: Moo Studios
 
Editor: Andrew Thomas Huang
VFX Supervisor: Andrew Thomas Huang
 
Lead Compositor: Lindsey Fry
Compositors: Nate Jess, Aaron Rovner
 
Lead CG Supervisor: Michael Ranger
FX Technical Director: Nico Sugleris
CG Modelers: Michael Barela, Daniel Edery, Iordanis Kioumourtzoglou
Animators: Olivia Hong, Dan Wilson, Othon Castro
 
Matchmove Artists: Jack Kosoyan, Caleb Pennypacker
Director's Rep: Jamie Kohn-Rabineau at LARK Creative
 
Sound FX Design and Mix by: Sonic Magic Studios
Sound FX Producers: Robert Dehn & Nate Jess