The Odyssey, which will be shown on Times Square’s electronic billboards from 11:57 pm to midnight from December 1-30. This project is a part of Midnight Moment, a monthly presentation by The Times Square Advertising Coalition (TSAC) and Times Square Arts.
The Odyssey depicts a personal journey taken by the artist Antony Nagelmann across the Atlantic Ocean on the 1929 wooden sailboat The Blue Peter in the winter of 2013-2014. The film explores the meaning of the journey versus the goal, through footage gathered by Nagelmann during his 39 days at sea. The Odyssey is divided into three channels to represent separate perspectives throughout the voyage – the preconceived fear and excitement, objective reality, and personal reality of the venture. Viewed simultaneously along with a fourth, immersive audio component, these channels allow the fullness of the transformative journey at sea to wash over viewers in Times Square.
“While the idea of the journey makes sense philosophically, I wanted to apply this to something real. I wanted to feel it- to live it. My aim is to provide an explorative documentation of my experience, on several layers, so that the viewers may have their own experience; completely personal to them.”