Rise / Times Square, July 2014, 2015
High resolution screen display, generative animation, computer
66 x 37.8 x 2.3 in / 167.6 x 96 x 5.8 cm
Edition of 3
Rise / Times Square, July 2014 is a live generative artwork that is based on approximately 1200 recordings of people crawling in public through New York’s famed midtown crossing. This piece marks Canogar’s first composition to run on custom software. It also captures his largest participatory public project to date.
The artwork is based on a staged interaction took place in New York’s Times Square over four days. Participants of multiple nationalities, ages and professional backgrounds crawled over a green-screen surface, contributing their performance to the final artwork. The captured video footage was later processed in Canogar’s studio. The work unpredictably plays back an incessant progression of climbing bodies, which metaphorically evokes past revolutionary upheavals such as the Storming of the Bastille or the Winter Palace. Using the most basic of human actions in its symbolism, this work probes our ambitions, and more importantly, our fantasies of triumph.
The imagery in this artwork originally debuted as part of a monumental multiple-channel video installation titled Storming Times Square. Specially commissioned by the Times Square Public Arts program, Storming Times Square screened on 47 LED billboards every night of September 2014. The display at ARCO 2015 is the first time Canogar has presented any of its footage as a single-channel artwork.