All applications must be made online through the slideroom portal only. We shall not be accepting proposals via email.
Times Square Arts, the public art program of the Times Square Alliance and Times square Advertising Coalition will seek proposals from curators of moving image archives, individual artists and creative producers who want to reinvestigate their artists’ existing work across new formats to create multi-screen and multi-format presentations. In this first season, we ask to show artists who have a serious gallery biography and see this an opportunity to expose their work to a more general audience.
One of the greatest icons of Times Square has been the presence of electronic signs. These moving image billboards reflect the commercial representation of our culture. With this project, we take a small commercial break each day to showcase the representation of the world through the eyes of artists. The artists make visual statements that stop us, surprise us, or make us question everyday objects, situations or truths. Advertising has always showcased creative talent; it is natural that a group of the most influential advertising real estate owners would support this public artistic license.
Times Square Arts, on behalf of TSAC and The Alliance, will curate and administrate this public art program. We are not a producing organization and thus the producing of the works for the screens must be identified as the responsibility of the proposer. The program will act as the bridge between all partners.
- The process will showcase works up to 180 seconds (plus simple title credit)
- The screens are not of the same size, aspect ratio or format. This requires a sophisticated treatment of how the work will be reinterpreted for the site-specific area and on the screens available.
- The work must sit within a very busy visual context; serious consideration as to how this material will interact or counter the other content that will be running simultaneously as well as the printed matter billboards.
- The process of editing, encoding and formatting for each screen (or cluster of screens) requires a technical sophistication.
- All licenses of the content (and content which references other content) must be the responsibility of the proposing body and artist. (This is one reason why it is necessary that all content proposed has been completed prior to submission)
- Ability to work to present proposals to a high visual standard
- Ability to work towards a tight timeframe
Photograph above by Lovis Dengler for the Times Square Alliance