Marco Brambilla "Rainbow" 2015
From Apollo XVIII series
Inkjet print, color
14" x 24" (35.5 x 60.9 cm)
#1 in an edition of 10
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Artist Marco Brambilla has created Apollo XVIII, an ambitious video installation that weaves archival footage from real NASA missions with computer-generated imagery to present a countdown of a fictional Apollo mission to the moon. The work was created for Times Square Midnight Moment and shown across 54 screens every night for one month. Thousands of pedestrians viewed the countdown to an imagined lift-off of a Saturn V rocket on dozens of Times Square’s spectacular screens.
Brambilla said, "The space age represented a landscape of optimism, capturing the imagination of the public. With Apollo XVIII I hope to recapture the golden age of manned space travel as a spectacle presenting Times Square as the virtual launch site.”
Marco Brambilla is a visual and installation artist, based in New York and Berlin. He is primarily known for his elaborate re-contextualizations of found imagery, often employing new technologies in his work. He has pioneered the use of 3D technology in video art with his Megaplex trilogy, LiDAR computer-mapping for Anthropocene (a public art installation in New York City), as well as photo-realistic computer simulations of an Apollo launch, presented on 54 screens in Times Square (2015). Brambilla’s work has been internationally exhibited and is in the collections of the Guggenheim Museum; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; ARCO Foundation, Madrid; Art Gallery of Ontario, Ontario, Canada; and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
Notable shows include New Museum, New York; Santa Monica Museum of Art (Retrospective); Seoul Biennial, Korea; Broad Art Museum, Lansing, Michigan; and Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland.
Brambilla is a recipient of the Tiffany Comfort Foundation and Tiffany Colbert Foundation awards and has also worked with luxury brands for which he has created large scale video installations. His work has been featured at the 2011 Venice Film Festival and 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The Megaplex trilogy has been recently shown at Borusan Contemporary in Instanbul, Turkey and Fondation Beyeler in Basel, Switzerland.