Jeannie Hopper sits down with Clocktower curator Joe Ahearn and artist A. Taylor Kuffner to discuss the Gamelatron Bunga Kota (City Flower) installation. Kuffner's latest manifestation of The Gamelatron Project appears June 2013 in the Icon Building, a currently empty retail space in the heart of Times Square and was produced in collaboration with Times Square Arts.
Joe Ahearn and Jeannie Hopper discuss the Clocktower and Times Square Arts Alliance's efforts to make Times Square a place for not only tourists, but contemporary artists and art world patrons, as well. They also discuss the other projects that the Gallery and the Alliance have worked to exhibit.
During the interview, Kuffner reveals how he considers himself a conceptual artist, allowing him to be free of material associations. He stumbled upon the practices of the Gamelan while living in Indonesia and it was when he returned to New York that he found himself reminiscing about the exotic instruments of the Asian culture that he had left behind. After several incarnations of what Kuffner affectionately calls the Gamelatron, he brings Bunga Kota to NYC's urban center; to a space that was a concrete slab. The installation now transforms the physical space and those that experience it. It is located at 785 Eighth Ave. and can be viewed from June 6 - July 26, 2013.