Matteo Zamagni’s Nature Abstraction mathematically alters reality as March’s Midnight Moment
Gazelli Art House is delighted to announce that Matteo Zamagni‘s virtual reality film, Nature Abstraction, will be part of the Midnight Moment project this March. In partnership with Moving Image Art Fair & Gazelli Art House, Times Square Arts will present the film on the Times Square‘s electronic billboards from 11:57 pm to midnight every night in March.
Originally created in virtual reality and adapted for the screens of Times Square (a first for the Midnight Moment program),Nature Abstraction dives digitally into the vast complexities of three planets created through fractal formations. Zamagni’s floating fractals, inspired by altered states of mind, represent hidden structures of nature, allowing viewers to explore and view dimensions and biological forms that affect the physical world but are invisible to the eye. Partially processed through Google’sDeep Dream neural network, which recognizes features and creates visual iterations, the landscapes transform into psychedelic patterns and morph into shapes reminiscent of more familiar items like liquid or microchips.
Nature Abstraction, which marks Times Square Arts’ fourth year of partnership with Moving Image Art Fair, will also appear in Moving Image Art Fair’s inaugural Immersive Media exhibition featuring virtual and augmented reality. The 2017 Moving Image Art Fair will take place from February 27-March 2. The work was previously exhibited in the exhibition, Interfaces(2015), at the Barbican, and in Gazelli Art House’s VR group exhibition, Enter Through The Headset (2016).
Matteo Zamagni, Artist, said “I couldn’t have wished for a better start to 2017 than taking part in Midnight Moment. I am so grateful for being part of such a great project. The overwhelming support I have received thus far means a lot to my practice.”
Edward Winkleman and Murat Orozobekov, Co-Founders of Moving Image Art Fair, partner, said, “It has become one of the highlights of the Moving Image New York art fair each year to see the artwork from one of the participating artists projected on the magnificent screens in Times Square for the Midnight Moment program. It’s such an amazing sight, and we are very grateful to the Times Square Advertising Coalition and Times Square Arts for their continued support in bringing these artists’ visions to the thousands and thousands of people who see Midnight Moment every month.”
Mila Askarova, Founding Director of Gazelli Art House, said, “We are delighted to announce Matteo Zamagni’s inclusion in Midnight Moment for the month of March and would like to extend a big thank you to the committee and the organisers for their vision of Nature Abstraction taking over Times Square.”
Tim Tompkins, President of the Times Square Alliance, said, “Zamagni’s alien landscapes, inspired by shapes too small to see, become larger than life as they expand and flow across our digital billboards.”
Debra Simon, Times Square Arts Director, said, “Partnering with Moving Image Art Fair allows Times Square to spotlight some of the amazing work done by video artists, such as Zamagni’s piece – the first Midnight Moment originally created using virtual reality.”
Harry Coghlan, Chairman of the Times Square Advertising Coalition, said, “The iconic screens of Times Square are a perfect showcase for this month’s innovative Midnight Moment, which combines Google’s Deep Dream technology with altered reality.”