Black Box At Art Basel And In The News

I just returned from Art Basel, where I discovered that three of the films from BLACK BOX 1.0 (Prouvost, Farocki and Prager) were exhibited in Unlimited! A "pioneering exhibition platform for projects that transcend the limitations of a classical art-show stand", Art Basel Unlimited is the primary space to see film and video installations. The fair also has a Film Program which presents work in movie theaters.

Alex Prager. FACE IN THE CROWD. 2013.

Harun Farocki. PARALLEL I-IV. 2014.

Laure Prouvost. WANTEE. 2013.

BLACK BOX is an inaugural international festival program of experimental film, video and new media art, curated and produced by Aktionsart in partnership with the Seattle Art Museum, Seattle International Film Festival and community partners. Programming incorporated multiple platforms and presented work by contemporary artists who expand the language of cinema inside and outside of the traditional movie theater. The idea was to design a space in the film festival world that exists between the black box of the movie theater, the white cube of the art gallery and the grey domain of the Internet. BLACK BOX included screenings, educational programs, multi-channel installations, events and an online channel. 

Events included the BLACK BOX screening at the Seattle Art Museum, a panel on Art, Cinema & Code at the SIFF Film Center, and online channel that featured the online world premiere of a new film by Tracey Emin. BLACK BOX 1.0 also featured a curated selection of exhibitions at local arts organizations - Parallel Practices: Joan Jonas & Gina Payne at Henry Art Gallery, Jennifer Steinkamp and Jesper Just at Portland Art Museum, Doug Aitken at Seattle Art Museum, Pirate Cinema at Northwest Film Forum and Sanctum at Henry Art Gallery.

Featured 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


Graves, Jen. SIFF Has a Contemporary Art Film Component. The Stranger. 4 June 2014.

Nirenberg, Michael. NO SECURITY: Action/Time/VisionHuffington Post. 6 June 2014.