April 1-30, 2016 Soundwalk Collective will present JUNGLE-IZED: a month-long interactive multi-sensory art installation that will transform Times Square, transporting over half a million visitors daily to the heart of the Amazon, by following the 73rd Meridian West that connects Times Square with the Amazon rainforest.
Presented in partnership with The Times Square Advertising Coalition (TSAC), Times Square Arts, Audio-Technica, The Lost Explorer and CXA+ART, this immersive installation includes a participatory audio experience and an interactive video not only to encourage and celebrate a conversation with nature but to bring a heightened awareness around climate change and the environmental impact of our everyday actions.
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 a 8-square block area of Times Square, by following the 73rd line of longitude West that connects Times Square with the Amazon rainforest.
Available through the JUNGLE-IZED mobile app, the virtual soundscape is composed by Soundwalk Collective and features Amazon rainforest sound environments 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.
Start the App, touch the screen, plug in your headphones and begin the journey. You can walk between 43rd and 47th Streets, 6th and 8th Avenues. Each street represents a different time of the day or the night in the Amazon sound environment. You will move deeper into the night as you walk North, and deeper into the rainforest as you walk East or West, until you will find the sound of the Amazon river, the boundary of your experience. Rotate this device left and right to experience the rainforest at 360 degrees around you.
Courtesy of American Eagle Times Square.
Film by Stephan Crasneanscki
Director of Photography: Éponine Momenceau
Co-Producer: David de Rothschild
Executive Producers: Paul Hance, David Duponchel
Film Editing: Jennifer Ruff
Digital Compositor: Ed Barnes
Amazon Sound Recordings: Francisco López
As part of Times Square’s ongoing Midnight Moment digital art series, each night in April from 11:57pm to midnight, the electronic billboards of Times Square will be transformed by JUNGLE-IZED the video, directed by Stephan Crasneanscki of Soundwalk Collective. Inviting spectators to take part in a simple collective action in celebration of Earth Month, JUNGLE-IZED reveals the hidden energy that exists in one of the most biodiverse environments in the world, bringing the animals, the air, the trees, and the tribal inhabitants of the Amazon to New York City.
Filmed with Nikon D750 and Nikkor lenses, the video was shot along the longitudinal 73rd Meridian West that connects Times Square with the Peruvian Amazon. Visitors will be encouraged to view the video through their phones by enabling a negative viewing function on any iOS device, inverting the colors to reveal a “positive” version of the film.
Soundwalk Collective is an international art group based in New York City and Berlin, and includes founder Stephan Crasneanscki (Russia – France), Simone Merli (Italy) and Kamran Sadeghi (Iran – USA). The Collective combines nature, anthropology, ethnography, non-linear narratives, psycho-geography and the exploration of recording and listening to sound. The importance of their source material is directly linked to specific locations, requiring long periods of investigative travel and field work. The presentation of their work is a combination of live performance, audio / visual installations and genre-bending music publications. Their most recent works feature collaborations with Nan Goldin; Jean-Luc Godard; and rock icon Patti Smith in “Killer Road,” their live homage to Nico. Soundwalk Collective’s recent installations and performances have been shown at Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), CTM Festival (Berlin), KW Institute of Contemporary Art (Berlin), MUDAM (Luxembourg), MADRe Museum of Contemporary Art (Napoli) and Barbican Centre (London).
Stephan Crasneanscki is a multi-disciplinary artist and founder of cutting-edge art group Soundwalk Collective, which first made its name producing non-traditional audio guides mixing reality and narrative fiction to provide the listener with a poetic and immersive experience while discovering a given city. His first sound tours through New York’s Chinatown and Lower East Side districts became immediate critically-acclaimed classics. The Adidas foundation commissioned him to create three new ‘Soundwalks’, as they came to be known, among them a tour of the Bronx narrated by hip-hop pioneers Jazzy Jay and Afrika Bambaataa, which won the Audie award in 2004. Stephan Crasneanscki has since won numerous prizes and accolades, including the 2005 Dalton Pen Award for the Sonic Memorial Soundwalk of New York’s Ground Zero, narrated by Paul Auster; the 2007 Audie Award for the Hasidic Soundwalks and the 2009 Audie Award for the Beijing Soundwalk, narrated by the Chinese actress Gong Li.
David de Rothschild is a naturopath, adventurer, environmentalist and eternal optimist and uses exploration, adventure and storytelling as a way to give nature a voice. Driven by his immeasurable curiosity for the natural world he has ventured to some of the most remote and fragile ecosystems on our planet, including spending collectively over 200 days skiing to the North and South poles, in order to bring widespread attention and innovative solutions to urgent global environmental issues. David has been recognized by the UNEP, National Geographic, Clean up the World, World Economic Forum and the Clinton Global Initiative as a Climate Hero, Emerging Explorer, a Global Clean Up Ambassador, a Young Global Leader and member of the Clinton Global Initiative Lead. With numerous adventures, several books, a Sundance channel TV series and a National Geographic documentary under his belt, David is always debating, collaborating and innovating solutions for a more sustainable planet and driving individuals and groups alike to unlock their human potential.
Francisco López is internationally recognized as one of the main figures on the stage of sound art and experimental music. His experience in the field of sound creation and work with environmental recordings covers a period of more than thirty five years, during which he has developed an impressive sound universe that is completely personal and iconoclastic and based on profound listening to the world. He has realized hundreds of sound installations, projects with field recordings, and concerts/performances in seventy countries, including the main international concert halls, museums, galleries and festivals, such as: National Music Auditorium (Madrid), PS1 Contemporary Art Center (New York), Museum of Modern Art (Paris), International Film Festival (Rotterdam), Festival des Arts (Brussels), EMPAC (Troy, USA), Darwin Fringe (Darwin, Australia), Institute of Contemporary Art (London), Museum of Modern Art of Buenos Aires, Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona, Center of Contemporary Art (Kita-Kyushu, Japan), National Museum Reina Sofía (Madrid), Spanish Pavilion of the International Expo Zaragoza (Spain), etc. His extensive catalogue of sound pieces (with live and studio collaborations with more than 150 international artists) has been released by more than 350 recording labels / publishers all over the world. He has been awarded four times with honorary mentions at the competition of Ars Electronica Festival (Austria) and is the recipient of the Qwartz Award 2010 (France) for best sound anthology.
As an innovative transducer company celebrating more than 50 years of audio excellence worldwide, Audio-Technica’s role goes beyond simply manufacturing headphones, microphones and other products that capture and reproduce audio. Since its beginnings in 1962 as a small but forward-looking Japanese phono cartridge company, Audio-Technica has been dedicated to enriching people’s lives through sound. Even as the company has grown, becoming a global entity with an expanded line of award-winning products prized by musicians, audio engineers, and music lovers everywhere, Audio-Technica hasn’t lost sight of its original vision nor forgotten the transcendent power of sound. Through sound, Audio-Technica aims to heighten connections to the world so that all may enjoy ever more meaningful and vibrant lives.
Nikon’s corporate history began in 1917 and the manufacture of optical glass started the next year. Since then, the two constants have always been our awareness of users’ stringent demands and our uncompromising attitude toward manufacturing to continuously meet those demands. This spirit has uninterruptedly been handed down in Nikon from research, design and manufacturing to services and customer relations. Nikon is pursuing the infinite possibilities within the domain of light.
Motive.io is a programming tool for content creators and creative professionals. Using a template-driven approach, Motive.io empowers creators to program content-driven apps and games without relying on a developer. With support for Unity 3D and HTML5, Motive.io can power mobile apps, VR experiences, web sites, and much more. The Motive.io online editor is powerful, easy-to-use, and designed for collaboration, allowing teams to work together on a project no matter where they are in the world.
GPS Museum is a database and a lab around geolocation and creativity. Created by Fred Adam, a French artist and researcher based in Spain, the lab is exploring the potentials of locative storytelling in the fields of location based games, walking documentary, walking cinema, sound art, Earth science and cosmology. The GPS Museum is an emerging context for collaborating between artists and scientists in the search of transformative experiences in the outdoors, with mobile technology.
VOICE FOR NATURE is an ongoing initiative from The Lost Explorer that brings together a collective of world leaders, environmentalists, innovators, artists, activists and global citizens to unlock a series of creative expressions, campaigns and adventures that explore and celebrate the beauty and challenges that is the relationship between Humans & Nature.
CXA+ART explores alternate avenues of communication and distribution of art and culture by aligning fine artists with global brands and art institutions. CXA+ART develops gallery and museum exhibitions, public art initiatives, and art programs that induce the cultural exploration of content. Recent projects have included Gareth Pugh with Lexus Design Disrupted, and previous Midnight Moment collaborations with Times Square Arts and TSAC featuring Marco Brambilla and Robert Wilson.
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 Lorna Mill; Fischli and Weiss; Laurie Anderson; Antony Nagelmann; Jesper Just; Shahzia Sikander; Rashaad Newsome; Osgemeos; Eric Dyer; 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.