Every day for the duration of the Met’s closure due to the coronavirus pandemic, a different encore presentation from the company’s...
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Pattern Language, built in a video game engine, is a rhythmic, strobing composition in richly patterned black and white. Employing cellular automata and crowd-simulation algorithms, Burr creates a fantastical vision of human life within a labyrinthine “Dirtscraper” – an inverted, underground skyscraper. Indistinct, nongendered figures in shades of grey walk through endless generative levels of lights and right angles, while others fill the screen with dots that bloom or wilt according to the classic “Game of Life” model developed by mathematician John Conway in 1970, in which each cell lives, dies, or revives depending on the “alive” or “dead” states of neighboring cells.
Part of a larger project of the same name that has appeared from Manhattan to Amsterdam, May’s Midnight Moment is a new edit including never-before-seen sequences. Viewers will be immersed in the endless labyrinth, which mirrors both the pointillist quality of Times Square’s LED billboards and the patterns we ourselves trace through the megastructure environment of New York City.
For the month of May, Pattern Language will play on Times Square's electronic billboards each night from 11:57pm to midnight.