As Times Square Arts programs the largest multiple-screen installation, and in an iconic location (which is covered in commercialism), I’m very interested in how artists actively engage multiple channels, challenge the traditional content and frame of monitors, and offer a dynamic or performative element. Each selection addresses these criteria through very diverse approaches and non-traditional notions of narrative. The performance is one that can repeat or demonstrate a constant variation of a theme.
In Zach Nader, optional features shown, we can literally take a commercial break by removing the product for sale. This piece was selected to be the March Midnight Moment in partnership with the Moving Image Art Fair. For three minutes each night in March, the advertising billboards will focus on the backdrop and the product will be a mere ghost.
Daniel Canogar’s Frequency literally builds a three-dimensional architecture and thus, a composite experience of subject matter, forcing the audience to engage in a multi-platform performance.
Lisa Gwilliam & Ray Sweeten (DataSpaceTime)’s Debugging echoes the cubist principles that deconstruct our experience of visualizing, challenging subjective perception and the associated source material. Multiple-channel platforms are needed to establish the versions of evolving imagery, breaking subject into pixels to uncover the construction of vision, and hinting at an expansion of matter beyond the frame.
May 4–8, 2018, Park Avenue Armory