Black Box 1.0


May 15 - June 8, 2014


"When you walk along the street, you're in a movie."
-Stephen Fry, Making History

 

Aktionsart is proud to announce BLACK BOX 1.0, in partnership with the Seattle Art Museum and the Seattle International Film Festival.

BLACK BOX 1.0 presents contemporary artists who work across a diverse range of media to expand the language of cinema within and beyond the movie theater - from video and sculpture to installation and code.

Today the cinema is everywhere. It exists between the black box of the movie theater, the white cube of the art gallery, and the grey domain of the Internet. It is a psychological and technological interface that increasingly blurs the distance between reality and fiction in a world shaped by Hollywood, social media and video games.

Join us as we consider the current state of art, cinema and technology in this inaugural program of screenings, community exhibitions, panels and an online channel with a curated selection of artist films, interactive projects, educational materials and exclusive content.

Microsite: www.siffblackbox.com



Produced by Aktionsart.
Curated by Julia Fryett.


Artists

Laure Prouvost, Harun Farocki, Alex Prager, Ryan Trecartin, Doug Aitken, Joan Jonas, Tracey Emin, Jennifer Steinkamp, Jesper Just, Nicolas Provost, C Spencer Yeh, James Coupe, Sara Ludy, Rafaël Rozendaal, Jon Rafman, Sander Veenhof, Nicolas Maigret


Partners

Henry Art Gallery, Northwest Film Forum, PechaKucha Seattle, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle International Film Festival


Featured Programs

Black Box Screening

Seattle Art Museum 
MAY 28, 7:30 - 9 PM 
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Film Schedule:

Wantee
Laure Prouvost / United Kingdom / 2013 / 15m

Grandma's Dream
Laure Prouvost / United Kingdom / 2013 / 9m

Parallel I - IV
Harun Farocki / Germany / 2012 - 2014 / 45m 
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

Face in the Crowd
Alex Prager / USA / 2013 / 12m


Online World Premiere

Black Box Fullscreen
Online Channel
www.siffblackbox.com

Love Never Wanted Me
Tracey Emin / United Kingdom / 2013 / 3m


Art, Cinema & Code

SIFF Film Center
MAY 31, 10:30 - 11:30 AM
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This panel considers how contemporary artists are using code as a cinematic medium, from social media applications to interactive documentaries and immersive installations. Examples of recent work by artists such as John Gerrard, Doug Aitken, James George, Harun Farocki and James Coupe will be previewed and discussed.

Panelists: Rick Barazza (Microsoft), James Coupe (DXARTS), Julia Fryett (Aktionsart), Joshua Noble (designer and programmer)


Complete Schedule

MAY 21, 6 - 9 PM
PANEL // PKN SEA v54 - TECHNOLOGY + ART
Olympic Sculpture Park
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MAY 28, 7:30 - 9:00 PM
SCREENING // Black Box
Seattle Art Museum
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MAY 29 - 31, 8 PM
PIRATE CINEMA
Northwest Film Forum
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MAY 31, 10:30 - 11:30 AM
PANEL // Art, Cinema & Code
SIFF Film Center
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MAY 15 - JUNE 8

ONLINE CHANNEL // www.siffblackbox.com
Artist films, interactive projects and interviews

CRITICAL VOICES: JENNIFER STEINKAMP
Portland Art Museum
May 17, 2 - 3 PM
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THIS NAMELESS SPECTACLE: JESPER JUST
Portland Art Museum
Through June 1
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MIRROR: DOUG AITKEN
Seattle Art Museum
Free and open to the public
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PARALLEL PRACTICES: JOAN JONAS & GINA PAYNE
Henry Art Gallery
Half-price admission with SIFF ticket stub or Festival pass
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SANCTUM: JAMES COUPE & JUAN PAMPIN
Henry Art Gallery
Free and open to the public
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Header image: Film still from FACE IN THE CROWD (2013), Alex Prager.
Courtesy of the artist and Lehmann Maupin