On April 1, 2016 Soundwalk Collective and Times Square Arts will present JUNGLE-IZED, a month-long interactive multi-sensory art installation that will transform Times Square, transporting close to a half a million visitors daily to the heart of the Amazon. Presented in collaboration with David de Rothschild, and in partnership with The Times Square Advertising Coalition (TSAC), Times Square Arts, Audio-Technica, and CXA+ART, this immersive installation includes a participatory audio experience and an interactive video to encourage a conversation with nature and to heighten awareness of the environmental impact of climate change.
As part of the Times Square Arts’ At the Crossroads program, which includes installations and performances on the public plazas of Times Square, visitors will be invited to take self-guided audio tours of the Amazon by downloading the JUNGLE-IZED mobile app. From noon to midnight throughout April visitors can also borrow a pair of premium Audio-Technica headphones from the official JUNGLE-IZED kiosk located on 7th Avenue between 43rd and 44th Street, to begin the journey through a virtual soundscape that superimposes the Amazon ecosystem upon an eight-square block area of Times Square.
Available through the JUNGLE-IZED mobile app, the virtual soundscape is composed by Soundwalk Collective and recorded by internationally acclaimed sound artist Francisco López. As visitors walk throughout Times Square, the voices of Shipibo shamans and narration by Amazon experts Jeremy Narby and Daniel Pinchbeck will guide them along a jungle tour and into a conversation with nature. The use of Audio-Technica headphones provides an end-to-end experience and ensures that none of the Amazon’s auditory brilliance is lost along the way.
Midnight Moment is the largest coordinated effort in history by the sign operators in Times Square to display synchronized, cutting-edge creative content on electronic billboards and newspaper kiosks throughout Times Square every night. The program premiered in May 2012 and is organized and supported by the Times Square Advertising Coalition in partnership with Times Square Arts, the public art program of the Times Square Alliance, with additional partners of participating sign holders and artists.
Each night, Times Square becomes a digital art gallery through dazzling visuals on select billboards and newsstands. Every show begins at 11:57 p.m. with a "countdown" that signals the start of the three minute nightly presentation. Past artists featured in the program include Richard Garet; Andy Warhol; Peggy Ahwesh; Marco Brambilla; Rafaël Rozendaal; Sebastian Errazuriz; Charles Atlas and Antony; Noah Hutton; Ryoji Ikeda; Daniel Canogar; Alfredo Jaar; Isaac Julien; Robert Wilson; Tracey Emin; Seoungho Cho; Vicki DaSilva, Surabhi Saraf, and Elly Cho; Erika Janunger; Takeshi Murata; Bel Borba with Burt Sun and André Costantini; Zach Nader; Brian Gonzalez (aka Taxiplasm); Björk; JR; Ryan McGinley; Jack Goldstein; Nature Theater of Oklahoma; Ezra Wube;Laleh Khorramian; Brian Dailey; Leslie Thornton; and Yoko Ono. For more information on past projects, please visit http://www.timessquarenyc.org/times-square-arts/projects/midnight-moment/index.aspx.