Kimsooja: Conditions of Anonymity
March 10 - June 10, 2005
Creative Time and Panasonic, with Times Square Alliance, presented Conditions of Anonymity, one minute segments from South Koren Artist Kim Sooja's lauded video work - A Needle Woman (Kitauyushu), A Beggar Woman (Cairo), and A Laundry Woman (Yamuna River, India) on The 59th Minute Video Art on the NBC Astrovision by Panasonic. In each video, the artist sits, reclines, or stands completely still with her back to the viewer, illuminating the vibrancy of the locales and the intrusions of the world around her.
PERFORMANCE AND SCREENING
MARCH 11, 2005 2P.M. - 3P.M.
TIMES SQUARE (BROADWAY AND 44TH STREET)
Simultaneous with a one-hour screening of her videos, Sooja choreographs a group performance based on the video series for the first time. Into the visually dazzling and frenzied environment of Times Square, the artist dispatches a group of 40 performers to take up meditative poses symbolic of begging and homelessness, holding steady amidst the crowds-without acting or reacting. These gestures originate in Sooja's video work, which capture her own still figure in various world locations, impassive among the masses, her hand outstretched or lying prone on the ground.
Planned in conjunction with The 59th Minute, this piece is Sooja's first major performative undertaking, involving a large group of volunteers and a complex staging to integrate the performers into the foot traffic of New York City's busiest center.
The 59th Minute and Creative Time
Between 2000 and 2005, the 59th Minute: Video Art on the NBC Astrovision by Panasonic presented a unique opportunity for video art to be viewed within the world’s most famous media capital: Times Square.
The 59th Minute aired the last minute of every hour of the Astrovision programming day (6 am–1 am) with the exception of two daily preemptions from 7-10 am and 6-7 pm.
Beginning in 2000 with a special screening of Tibor Kalman’s “Tiborisms,” The 59th Minute has been a consistent platform for the presentation of new and historic video by both emerging and established artists. The 59th Minute’s goal is to offer artists a special opportunity to present their work in a remarkable public space.
The series has since featured work by the artists Tibor Kalman, Marco Brambilla, Fischli & Weiss, William Kentridge, Bruce and Norman Yonemoto, Jeff Gibson, Gary Hill, Genvieve Cadieux, Mary Lucier, Michael Snow, William Wegman, Thomas Struth, Jeremy Blake, Marina Zurkow, Scott Paterson, Julian Bleecker, Janaina Tschape, Hiraki Sawa, The Neistat Brothers, Günther Selichar, and Carlos Amorales.
Between 2000 and 2005, the 59th Minute aired daily in Times Square on the NBC Astrovision by Panasonic on the last minute of every hour from 6:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m., except between 7:00 – 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at 45th Street and the intersection of Broadway and 7th Avenue.
The NBC Astrovision by Panasonic is the visual centerpiece of New York City’s Times Square, the “Crossroads of the World.” Measuring nearly three stories high and four stories wide, the screen, which contains 1.5 million light-emitting diodes (LEDs), is capable of displaying more than one billion shades of color. Each year, millions of people see the Astrovision either on television, in the movies, or when they visit Times Square. And every New Year’s Eve, the landmark video screen helps more than 500,000 Times Square revelers count down the famous ball drop. Panasonic is the best known brand of New Jersey-based Matsushita Electric Corporation of America, which is the principal North American subsidiary of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (MEI) (NYSE: MC). Additional information can be found by visiting www.panasonic.com.