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Astrovision by Panasonic

A Public Competition by Günther Selichar:   Who's Afraid of Blue, Red and Green?
The 59th Minute: Video Art on the NBC Astrovision by Panasonic
Animations by Atomicelroy, Anne Wolfius & John Spiff
June 24 - September 30, 2004

For Who's Afraid of Red, Blue and Green, Günther Selichar invited Internet users to create digital animations using the three colors that form the basic building blocks of modern video, computer and television screens. Referencing Barnet Newman's 1960s "zip paintings,"  Selichar challenged participants to use only vertical stripes in order to explore the nuances of proportion, scale, and color in moving imagery.  

selichar1Between June 24th and September 30th, 2004, the winners' animations aired on the NBC Astrovision by Panasonic, an icon within the world's most familiar screen-based urban landscape: Times Square. According to Selichar, "this project offers the individual artist an opportunity to both participate and be represented in our mass-media dominated society. The three finalists responded to the project in a convincing and precise manner by simultaneously showing its complex possibilities and the beauty of simplicity."   The three exceptional submissions from a selection of six hundred were chosen by an all-star jury - including the artist, Peter Halley, Carl Goodman, Erwin Redl, Christoph Thun-Hohenstein, Barbara Pollack, Yvonne Force, Anne Pasternak, Benjamin Weil, Justin Camerlengo and Sarah Jacobo - to reveal the wild complexity and potential within the confines of a simple visual system.  

As this landmark destination relentlessly dazzles and delights for pedestrian attention, the chosen animations will playfully uncover a common denominator among its ubiquitous screens.Who’s Afraid of Blue, Red and Green, like all works in The 59th Minute, appears on the last minute of every hour of the Astrovision’s programming day.

“This project establishes a grassroots artistic movement in Times Square, offering the individual an opportunity to both participate and be represented in our mass media dominated society. The three finalists responded to the project in a convincing and precise manner by simultaneously showing its complex possibilities and the beauty of simplicity.” - Günther Selichar

Winners:

BRG, by Atomicelroy

Tom McElroy, aka Atomic Elroy, is a time-based media artist based in Colorado. He has performed at and collaborated with numerous venues including The San Francisco Fringe Festival, The Praxis Group, and The Walker Art Center.  He is currently represented by Zeile/Judish Gallery in Denver, Colorado.

What's happiness? Calling into the night und being answered..., by Anne Wolfius

An artist and author, Anne Wolfius focuses her energies on photography and computer based animation as well as poetry writing. She has studied social education and law and currently resides in Wurzburg, Germany.

Over-red, by John Spiff

Abbott John "Spiff" Addesso creates kinetic and time-based art in mutltiple medias. He is currently a senior in college studying art with a concentration in metalsmithing and sculpture in Norfolk, Virginia.

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, Carlos Amorales, and Kimsooja.

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.

Panasonic

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.

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For more information about the project  brg.selichar.net/index.html

For more information about the artist Günther Selichar

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