Deadline: October 1, 2015, 5PM
Eligibility: Open to professional artists living in the USA and Canada
Budget: $300,000 - 500,000

The Port of Seattle Art Program seeks two artists/artist teams to each create a site-specific artwork for a highly visible wall in Sea-Tac Airport’s North Satellite Terminal renovation. The art will contribute to the design team’s development of a “Northwest Sense of Place” that refers to the region’s natural, mediated, and/or synthetic landscape.

To guide development of the terminal and its artwork, the team has identified a series of words that relate to the region’s diverse culture and spirit, environment, history and industry: adventure, biophilic, curiosity, experience, experimentation, and exploration, frontier of possibility, innovation and risk-taking.

The selected artists will consider these descriptors and work with the design team to integrate artwork into the overall building design and provide continuity within the terminal.

While kinetic and technological artwork are not of interest, the team is open to a variety of other media and methods including metal, glass, ceramic tile, energy efficient lighting, projection, and sound elements that have a track record of low maintenance. 

Now Streaming: Phil Collins’ New Musical Collaboration

my heart’s in my hand, and my hand is pierced, and my hand’s in the bag, and the bag is shut, and my heart is caught

Black Box 2.0 artist Phil Collins has just released a new musical collaboration, streaming on Soundcloud. This project was previously installed at the Museum Ludwig, Cologne, in 2013 (images below):

Installation view, In Every Dream Home a Heartache, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, 2013.
Photos: Achim Kukulies, Düsseldorf. 

Sound installation and collaborative project with GULLIVER survival station for the homeless Cologne. Ten 7" vinyls, listening booths, turntables, amplifiers, speakers; dimensions variable.

From Shady Lane Productions:

In 2013, Phil Collins collaborated with guests of GULLIVER survival station for the homeless, located under the railway arches at Cologne’s central station, where he installed a phone booth with a free line which anyone could use for unlimited local and international calls, on the agreement that the conversations would be recorded and anonymised. Selected from more than a thousand calls made over a four-week period, the material was posted to a group of musicians, serving as the starting point for original new songs. These were pressed as 7" vinyl records and presented in an exhibition at Museum Ludwig in specially designed listening booths, each equipped with a turntable and high-quality sound system, installed so as to overlook a busy public square and the railway bridge. After the installation in Cologne, the work was presented in adapted configurations in New York and Berlin. 

Contributors include some of Collins’ personal heroes (Scritti Politti, David Sylvian, Lætitia Sadier, Damon & Naomi), trailblazing experimental and alternative acts (Demdike Stare, Planningtorock, Maria Minerva, Pye Corner Audio, Heroin In Tahiti, Peaking Lights), Cologne musicians of different generations (Elektronische Musik aus: Köln, Pluramon, Cologne Tape), and a special guest turn by the original German indie-superstar Julia Hummer.

Growing up in the North of England in the '70s and '80s, Collins always held a passionate belief in the transformative potential of popular culture. During this period pop music in particular was oftentimes explicitly political, rooted in everyday reality and vocal in its opposition to the government. At its most electrifying, it seemed capable of catalysing radical social movements, such as acid house and DIY rave culture, which Collins fell into in his student days in Manchester, where he worked for years at the legendary nightclub The Haçienda. Ever since pop music remains one of the mainstays of Collins’ diverse practice. From his early to his most recent works he has established close collaborations with a host of musicians and friends, including Welsh wizard and Super Furry Animal Gruff Rhys, Marxist-pop revolutionary Lætitia Sadier, psych-folk rocket Cate Le Bon, and post-rock noisenik Barry Burns.

Shady Lane Productions (Berlin) and NERO (Rome) are now releasing a compilation documenting Collins’ Cologne project. Set in a silkscreened gatefold sleeve, it comes as a coloured double vinyl and a 36-page booklet with newly commissioned texts by Mark Fisher and Florian Schneider, selected transcripts from the original telephone recordings, as well as images from the GULLIVER survival station and the project’s various iterations. 

my heart’s in my hand, and my hand is pierced, and my hand’s in the bag, and the bag is shut, and my heart is caught - a new compilation album which gathers music, selected texts and visual materials from this eponymous project is now streaming online.


It's Here! Official Black Box 2.0 Program Announcement

Pierre Huyghe. UNTITLED (MASK) (film still). 2014. Courtesy of Marian Goodman Gallery, New York; Hauser and Wirth, London; Esther Schipper, Berlin; Anna Lena Film, Paris.

Aktionsart is proud to announce the BLACK BOX 2.0 festival highlights. The second edition of Seattle's first international art, film and technology festival includes over sixty artists exhibited in eight locations throughout the city. 

BLACK BOX 2.0 takes place May 6 - June 7, 2015, during the Seattle International Film Festival. It is organized independently by Aktionsart, a new art and technology nonprofit in the Pacific Northwest. Programming is nomadic and antidisciplinary, presenting contemporary artists who expand the language of cinema. The festival is focused on experimental film, video, new media art and moving-image-based work.

BLACK BOX 2.0 is curated by Julia Fryett (Founder/ Director of Aktionsart) and Anne Couillaud (Independent Curator).


Black Box 2.0 Opening Night
MAY 5, 8-10PM
Olympic Sculpture Park, Paccar Pavilion

Blurred Edges: Non/Fiction
MAY 10, 5-7PM
Seattle Art Museum, Plestcheeff Auditorium 

Over Deliver Every Time
MAY 31, 5-7 PM
Seattle Art Museum, Pletstcheeff Auditorium 

control / shift / escape
Main Gallery at Cornish College of the Arts 


Raisbeck Performance Hall 

Gillian Wearing / WE ARE HERE / 2014

Phil Collins / TOMORROW IS ALWAYS TOO LONG / 2014 / West Coast Premiere

Lisa Tan / WAVES / 2014 / West Coast Premiere

Knut Asdam / EGRESS / 2013 / West Coast Premiere

Sue de Beer / THE GHOSTS / 2011 / West Coast Premiere

Landscapes, Revisited

Olympic Sculpture Park, Alvord Art Lab


Everywhere and Nowhere: Cinema Today

Wojtek Doroszuk
Kalup Linzy
Petra Cortright
Basim Magdy

Black Box Fête
June 6  

Secret event and location, to be announced HERE closer to the date!

Featured Artists

Sophia Al-Maria, Knut Asdam, Ed Atkins, Will  Benedict, Sue de Beer, Dara Birnbaum, Zach Blas, Jacob Ciocci, Phil Collins, Isabelle Cornaro, Petra Cortright, Brice Dellsperger, Wojtek Doroszuk, Tom Duggan, Ellie Ga, Lola Gonzalez, Richard Healy, Patrick Hough, Pierre Huyghe, Josh Kline, David Leonard, Kalup Linzy, Sara Ludy, Jonas Lund, Liz Magic Laser, Basim Magdy, Michael McCrea, Jonathan Monaghan, Dylan Neuwirth, Joel Ong, Daniel Peterson, Heather Phillipson, Julien Previeux, Laure Prouvost, Sabrina Ratte, Tivon Rice, Ben Rivers, Robin Rhode, Hannah Sanghee Park, Erica Scourti, Roman Signer, Rick Silva, Lisa Tan, Katie Torn, Robert Twomey, Jessica Warboys, Gillian Wearing, Saskia Olde Wolbers



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Partners: Seattle Art Museum, Seattle International Film Festival, Cornish College of the Arts, Institute of Emergent Technology + Intermedia, Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media at the University of Washington, Seattle Center, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, ArtsFund, French Embassy, French American Cultural Services

Header Image: Patrick Hough. THE ARCHEOLOGY OF CINEMA (film still). 2014. Courtesy of the artist.