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Experience Times Square in Solitude with Ryoji Ikeda’s test pattern [times square] with SOUND

This Thursday experience Times Square Art’s #Midnightmoment like never before. For October, Japanese artist Ryoji Ikeda’s test pattern, a conversion of the artist’s audio signal patterns into a barcode-like visual, enlivens the ad screens each night from 11:57 to midnight. This Thursday, October 16, the film will be accompanied by sound- available on one of 400 pair of headphones handed out in the middle of Times Square. In one of the busiest and craziest areas in New York, this special engagement will allow participants to feel alone and isolated- if even for three short minutes. The fun begins at 11pm.

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For October’s monthly presentation of Midnight Moment, Times Square Arts and the Times Square Advertising Coalition (TSAC) are partnering with French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF)’s Crossing the Line festival and The Metropolitan Museum of Art for Japanese artist Ryoji Ikeda’s film test pattern [times square].

In addition to nightly screenings, there will be a very special FREE event on Thursday, October 16th where sound will be incorporated for the very first time for a Midnight Moment.

Ikeda’s test pattern [times square] will turn into a special public/private “silent concert” in the middle of Times Square.  Up to 400 ‘Silent Events’ Headphones will be passed out beginning at 11pm (first come first served)  so visitors can hear a special six minute segment of sounds that correspond to the patterns being projected onto the screens.  Artist Ryoji Ikeda will be present.

This will all take place the evening before Ikeda’s superposition will make its US premiere at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on October 17th and 18th at 7:00 p.m.

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