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Saya Woolfalk’s ChimaCloud for June’s #Midnightmoment

I am in LOVE with this month’s #MidnightMoment (not as much as I will be for July’s!) Saya Woolfalk’s rainbow colored ChimaCloud takes over the Times Square screens every night from 11:57 to Midnight for the entire month, thanks to Times Square Arts. ChimaCloud takes New York commuters from a fantastical transport hub to a dreamy and trippy utopian society. Check it out for free each night!


(New York, N.Y.) May 26, 2016—Times Square Arts brings Saya Woolfalk’s brief film ChimaCloud to Times Square’s electronic billboards from 11:57 p.m. to midnight every night in June. This project is a part of Midnight Moment, a monthly presentation by The Times Square Advertising Coalition (TSAC) and Times Square Arts.

Saya Woolfalk’s ChimaCloud transforms our metro hub and big screens into an imaginary transport hub to a utopian society where inhabitants adopt new behaviors, psychologies and physiologies. Combining animation and live action,ChimaCloud is a series of short digital videos collected from Woolfalk’s ongoing multimedia project ChimaTEK. In the multi-year projects No PlaceThe Empathics and ChimaTEK, Woolfalk has created the kaleidoscopic world of the Empathics, a fictional race of women who are able to alter their genetic make-up and fuse with plants. With each body of work, Woolfalk continues to build the narrative of these women’s lives, questioning the utopian possibilities of cultural hybridity. 

This month, Woolfalk’s works will also inhabit two other parts of the city. ChimaCloud: Control Center will be shown on digital screens and through a virtual sculpture and live performance in Fulton Center as part of LMCC’s River To River Festival, while the Brooklyn Museum will display her exhibition ChimaTEK: The Dinner Party Uploaded. These three ChimaTEK interventions offer New Yorkers and visitors an opportunity to travel between worlds as well as across the rivers, bridges and subway lines of New York City.

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