Bright Lights, Big Screens

Stay up late to see Times Square turned into a massive visual art piece

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(Courtesy Ka-Man Tse for Times Square Arts)
(Courtesy Ka-Man Tse for Times Square Arts)

Every night at midnight (or 11:57pm to be precise) for the month of June, Times Square’s fantastic array of video screens will stop blasting advertisements for luxury watches and television shows to display a three-minute short film by multimedia artist Saya Woolfalk. The film, titled Chimacloud, is made up of short digital videos from Woolfalk’s ongoing project called ChimaTEK.

Chimacloud found its way to Times Squareas part of the Midnight Moment series sponsored by Times Square Arts, which features a new show every month (Chimacloud will be on view through June 30). Past contributors include Yoko Ono, Bjork, and Laurie Anderson. Those who find themselves in Times Square at midnight can see one of these short visual art pieces or experimental films every night of the week.

Jennifer Steinkamp, Botanic (Courtesy Ka-Man Tse for Times Square Arts)

Jennifer Steinkamp, Botanic (Courtesy Ka-Man Tse for Times Square Arts)

ChimaTEK and two of Woolfalk’s past multimedia projects center around the “Empathics,” a fictional society of women who can change their genetics and meld with plants. Woolfalk’s work is filled with bright, kaleidoscopic visuals and deals with themes of hybridity, race, and sex. She has been featured in galleries and museums across the United States, including MOMA PS1.

Check out the video below to see a previous Midnight Moment by Rafael Rozendaal:

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