13. Midnight Moment in Times Square

Midnight Moment screencapture
Lu Yang, Doku: Digital Reincarnation. Photo courtesy of Times Square Arts.

Every night throughout December, artist Lu Yang’s video, Doku: Digital Reincarnation, will take over the giant billboards of Times Square. The video starts at 11:57 pm and wraps up at midnight. Yang’s video was inspired by anime and gaming. It features uncannily lifelike avatars dressed in elaborate costumes. A team of scientists, 3D animators, and digital technicians worked together to capture Yang’s facial expressions and dance movements from a collection of dancers and musicians of various genders to create the androgynous animated figure in the video. The content ties together Yang’s interest in philosophy, religion, neuroscience, and technology.