In a short amount time, Times Square is gonna get a little freakier than it used to be. Every night from 11:57 p.m. until midnight, a video exhibition will be shown featuring a woman “trapped” inside the screen, and doing her best to break through. This quirky little featurette will be full of hilarious antics, like mushed faces and smeared makeup all over the screen. But the story behind this video exhibition is not all just fun games.
Artist Pipilotti Rist is the author of “Open My Glade (Flatten).” Her video carries a very important message that hopefully won’t pass by unnoticed by every pedestrian visiting Times Square. Times Square Alliance president Tim Tompkins commented on the work saying: “at a time when the larger political currents are making many women feel both the glass ceiling and the walls closing in on their bodies, this work resonates more than ever.” Rist seeks to challenge the expectations the people have of women in media while questioning the “individual boundaries placed on women and their history, experiences, pains and wishes in ways that resonate just as much in 2017 as they did in 2000.”
Here’s a taste of what’s coming to Times Square