This August in Times Square, a shifting landscape of golden lines cascades across the screens at a massive scale in Scott Eaton’s Intersections. With sharp angles and glowing hues that intermittently evoke Art Deco architecture and the layered street grids of New York City, the kaleidoscopic networks of Intersections seem to have no beginning or end, unifying the disparate displays as the work takes over Times Square.
The dramatically evolving geometry comes from a simple source: a single QR code for an event long past that Eaton found without context in an alleyway. A reminder of our data-saturated contemporary existence, the source image was animated, distorted, and processed through endless iterations of geometric abstraction and machine learning until the original starting point was completely obscured - just as a seed is unrecognizable in the plant it becomes. Set among the displays of Times Square and their layers of electronic information, the result is a meditation on the complexity and unknowability of the digital landscapes that surround us.
Scott Eaton’s work marks the second in a series of four Midnight Moments presented in partnership with Meta through 2024.
Scott Eaton is an American artist living and working in London, UK. His work explores our increasingly complex relationship with our technology by transforming and remixing our data into artistic experiences. He exhibits internationally and his art and designs have been featured in Wired Magazine, GQ, Vogue, Vanity Fair, and the New York Times. In addition to his own projects, Scott frequently collaborates with other artists and studios. Clients include Disney, Sony, Nvidia, Meta and others. Scott studied at MIT and the Royal College of Art.
Meta builds technologies that help people connect, find communities, and grow businesses. When Facebook launched in 2004, it changed the way people connect. Apps like Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp further empowered billions around the world. Now, Meta is moving beyond 2D screens toward immersive experiences like augmented and virtual reality to help build the next evolution in social technology.
Midnight Moment is made possible by the Times Square Advertising Coalition, ABC SuperSign, American Eagle, Branded Cities, Clear Channel, Disney Store, Express, Levi's, LG, Luxottica Group S.p.A., Morgan Stanley, Microsoft, New Tradition, Sensory Interactive, Sephora, Sherwood Equities, Show + Tell, Silvercast, Swatch, T-Mobile, and JCDecaux.
Major support of Times Square Arts is provided by Morgan Stanley. Additional program support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature; and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Additional support for Midnight Moment is provided by Meta Open Arts and the Times Square Advertising Coalition.