A place like Times Square can exist only because the rights of free speech and assembly are broadly defined and protected in America. And yet, in an urban environment these freedoms are also constantly negotiated. This twelve-channel video by Andrew Sloat celebrates the simple words that make this globally famous place possible, using a few of the basic elements that form Times Square: color, words and movement. By placing the text amidst the swirling masses who have come to witness the most famous crossroads of individual and commercial speech, this film asks the viewer to pause and reflect on the condition of our elemental freedoms, which we sometimes take for granted.
Presented by Times Square Advertising Coalition
Curated by Times Square Arts
Presented in partnership with AIGA