Daniel Crooks' The Subtle Knife on the screens of Times Square as the Midnight Moment

Every night in January, take a contemplative journey through time and space with January's Midnight Moment, The Subtle Knife by Daniel Crooks. As the camera pans backwards on a course that smoothly shifts between abandoned interiors and empty railway lines, an infinite chain of mirrored portals shrink along the tracks in the rear-view. These spectral shapes puncturing the shifting horizon evoke the concept of the ‘subtle knife’ – the blade from author Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials series that can tease apart the fabric of space and time, cutting new paths into alternate universes. The work also harkens back to the phantom ride films of the 1890s and early 1900s, in which a camera strapped to the front of a vehicle films the tracks and scenery ahead while the vehicle itself was left unseen. Crooks captured the perfectly constant tracking shots by using a custom-developed motion control system, painstakingly stitched together in post-production to become a seamless journey through a composite world.

Midnight Moment is the world’s largest, longest-running digital art exhibition, synchronized on electronic billboards throughout Times Square nightly from 11:57pm to midnight.

January 01, 2021 - January 31, 2021
11:57 PM - 11:59 PM
Times Square's Digital Billboards
Times Square Arts, Asia Society
Save to Calendar 2021-01-01 23:57:00 2021-01-31 23:59:00 America/New_York Midnight Moment: The Subtle Knife Every night in January, take a contemplative journey through time and space with January's Midnight Moment, /The Subtle Knife/ by Daniel Crooks. As the camera pans backwards on a course that smoothly shifts between abandoned interiors and empty railway lines, an infinite chain of mirrored portals shrink along the tracks in the rear-view. These spectral shapes puncturing the shifting horizon evoke the concept of the ‘subtle knife’ – the blade from author Philip Pullman’s /His Dark Materials/ series that can tease apart the fabric of space and time, cutting new paths into alternate universes. The work also harkens back to the phantom ride films of the 1890s and early 1900s, in which a camera strapped to the front of a vehicle films the tracks and scenery ahead while the vehicle itself was left unseen. Crooks captured the perfectly constant tracking shots by using a custom-developed motion control system, painstakingly stitched together in post-production to become a seamless journey through a composite world. Midnight Moment is the world’s largest, longest-running digital art exhibition, synchronized on electronic billboards throughout Times Square nightly from 11:57pm to midnight. Times Square's Digital Billboards Times Square Arts, Asia Society
Type
On The Plazas
Alliance Event
Public Art
Free