Nordic Outbreak (2013-2014) was a traveling moving image exhibition project presented by Streaming Museum. The exhibition of over thirty moving image artworks by Nordic artists took a methodological starting point in the logics and shifting hierarchies of the Internet and reflected the changing stances of spectatorship in relation to urban screens. It unfolded in various public and semi-public spaces in New York City, Helsinki, Copenhagen, Reykjavik, Stavanger, Nuuk and Umeå in sub-curated programs. Accompanied by a public program of symposiums, seminars, curator and artist talks, the exhibition investigated current digital dynamics in the contemporary moving image of the Nordic art scene and modes of curating the digital image in urban public space.
We launched Nordic Outbreak in New York City with a one month installation in Times Square’s Midnight Moment. The piece was shown across 15 screens simultaneously three minutes to midnight every night. Installed in the epicenter of the Spectacle, Times Square in New York City, which is plastered with signs, noise and commercial content, the work comes to confront the visual meaning system of a highly commercialized urban environment.