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Artists from around the world are invited to submit work to BLACK BOX - the first international art, film and technology festival in Seattle. Programming is focused on experimental film, video, new media art and moving-image-based work.
AKT1, Aktionsart's nomadic shipping container, is currently spending some quality time at the DXARTS Ballard Fab Lab. Our first installation is a site-specific project by visiting Argentine artist Leo Nuñez. He has created a new version of DISPERSIONES.
On view through February 15, 2015 at the Portland Art Museum is THE ENCLAVE (2013) - a video installation of six double-sided screens and series of still photographs by Richard Mosse. The work premiered at the 2013 Venice Biennale in the Irish Pavilion.
BLACK BOX is the first international festival in Seattle to showcase experimental film, video and new media art. It provides a global perspective on how contemporary artists use technology to push creative boundaries and expand the language of cinema. A program of significant scope, BLACK BOX transmits energetic ideas across industries - from film and music to design and technology.
Motion Study is a series profiling cultural pioneers and tastemakers in Seattle and beyond. Here Theo Downes-Le Guin, owner of Upfor in Portland, shares his perspective on the hurdles of running a gallery focused on new and digital media.
"For [Hall] the video medium was an unexplored territory for artists, its codes yet uncracked. He argued that video art was integral to television and not just its technical by-product. TV - and its subversion - was where video's vital core was located, well beyond the ghettos of film co-ops, arts labs and art galleries. This view opened an unusual space, somewhere between high art formalism (which it resembled) and the mass arts (which it didn't). Anti-aesthetic and anti-populist - conceptual art with a looser, dada streak." -A L Rees
James Benning's early films fused the "structuralist" investigations into sound-image relationships of filmmakers like Michael Snow and Hollis Frampton with an interest in narrative and a deep sensitivity to color, light, and landscape.