Out of Sight


home/page is the film, video and new media art program curated by Julia Fryett for Out of Sight - an annual survey of contemporary art in the Pacific Northwest, organized in partnership with the Seattle Art Fair.

Out of Sight
King Street Station, Seattle

August 4 - 28, 2016

Out of Sight    inhabits 21,000 sq ft in King Street Station.

Out of Sight inhabits 21,000 sq ft in King Street Station.


Curatorial Statement

This is a program for the artists not in this program. 

It's a template for possibility.

Knee-waist-neck deep in curatorial research for Out of Sight, I found myself enveloped in a profound and invisible history of Pacific Northwest Art: hundreds of video and new media artists working beneath the surface. With limited exhibition opportunities, institutional, and patron support, they face the distinct possibility of vanishing.

Yet, these artists bypass tendencies toward isolationism by domesticating technology. 

Devices, platforms, and networks become homes.

Ideas mystically mutate into live broadcasts and live streams.

A digital deer makes autonomous decisions and navigates the landscape of Grand Theft Auto, free art schools pop up in garages, and conceptual karaoke music videos consider whether the Beach Boys and Francis Bacon have anything in common.

home/page is a document of hidden places - basements, static, websites, electric fields, oceans, hoodies, microbes, streets... places that ask us how to erase, rewire, and hack our way beyond Art.

Julia Fryett
August 2016


Mel Carter
home school (Manuel Arturo Abreu, Victoria Anne Reis)
Leena Joshi
Allison Kudla & Kevin Scott
D.K. Pan & Abigail J. Swanson
Poetic Operations Collaborative (Micha Cárdenas, Patrisse Cullors, Chris Held, Edxie Betts, Kate Sohn, Josefina Garcia Turner, Emma Waverly, Ben Klunker)
Portland Immersive Media Group
Norie Sato
Hanita Schwartz
Chun Shao
Rick Silva
Brent Watanabe
Weird Allan Kaprow (Erin Charpentier, Travis Neel, Sharita Towne, Zachary Gough)


eros is a creature against whom no technology avails, 2016
Multi-channel video installation
Dimensions variable

Hairs, 2012
Single-channel video with amplified audio,
1 minute 48 seconds

A selection of archived home school streams, 2015–16
Video program, 10 hours 7 minutes

Contemporaneity: building a better white supremacy, Class #2
April 10, 2015,
56 minutes 36 seconds

Artist Talk by Demian DinéYazhi
May 29, 2016
128 minutes, 20 seconds

Marble: a talk by Jasmine Nyende,
June 26, 2016
68 minutes 30 seconds

The Griot, The Parrhesiac, The Cannibal, The Oversharer, The Artist, The Realest: a triad by Devin Kenny
July 10, 2016,
76 minutes 1 second

Project Space Industrial Complex, Class #1 by Carmen Denison, Eleanor Ford, Chloe Thompson, and Devin Ruiz
July24, 2016
176 minutes 26 seconds

A Talk by damali ayo
July 31, 2016
101 minutes 5 seconds

go in (plant life), 2016
Single-channel video
3 minutes 53 seconds

The Hacker, 2016
Lightbox with photograph and audio
62 x 42 x 5 in.

Gift of Unseen Stigmatics, 2016
Book, single-channel video,
5 minutes

Unstoppable Kevlar Dress, 2016
Fabric, kevlar
Dimensions variable

Local Autonomy Networks Hoodie, 2013
Fabric, electronics Dimensions variable

VR Spa, 2016
Mixed media, immersive media, Unity 3D

Video Horizon, 1976/2016
CRT monitors, string, mirror, sand
Dimensions variable

Water Sign, 2015
Single-channel video
3 minutes 3 seconds

Cleaning Francois Halard video suite: The Douchess of Devonshire, Cy Twombly, Casa Malaparte, David Hockney, Hotel Lambert, 2016
Single-channel video,
1 minute 24 seconds

Karaoking the Museum, 2014
Single-channel video program

Continents, 4 minutes 38 seconds Greenberg, 2 minutes 51 seconds Imagine, 3 minutes 7 seconds
I Wanna Make Art with Somebody, 4 minutes 22 seconds
Let’s Light a Candle, 3 minutes 38 seconds
The Cobbler, 3 minutes 59 seconds Friends with Low Faces,3 minutes 26 seconds
KOKOMO, 3 minutes 58 seconds
Piece of My Art, 4 minutes 15 seconds Oregonian Museums, 3 minutes
They Want It Back, 3 minutes 31 seconds

San Andreas Deer Cam, 2015–present
Twitch livestream installation

Special Event


VR for Artists

Live Q&A with Portland Immersive Media Group
Saturday, August 6
4 - 5PM

A session discussing grant writing for VR, "externalizing" virtual reality for galleries and exhibition space, pipeline, group dynamics, and process, as well as Unity 3D as an keystone app of digital content creation.

Out of Sight

Out of Sight returns to the third floor of the historic King Street Station for its annual survey of contemporary art in the Pacific Northwest. With a new curatorial and production team, we are poised to mount a landmark exhibition reflecting the diversity and breadth of creativity that activates this region.

Running concurrent and adjacent to the Seattle Art Fair, we will populate over 21,000 square feet with new directions, bold visions, and emerging talents.

2016 Curatorial Team

Greg Lundgren: Exhibition Producer & Curator
Sierra Stinson: Exhibition Producer & Curator
Minh Nguyen: Curator
Julia Fryett: Film, Video & New Media Art Curator
Beth Sellars: Installation Curator
Molly Sides: Dance & Performance Curator
Scott Lawrimore: Exhibition Caretaker
Justen Waterhouse: Exhibition Manager

Black Box, Amplified


Dear Friends, Collaborators, Supporters & Colleagues,

I’m thrilled to announce an amplified commitment to the vision of Black Box in 2016! 

This year, the festival will incorporate a broader conceptual framework, energetic partner program format, and expanded online project site.

Aligned closely with Aktionsart’s mission, Black Box is designed to remain in permanent beta mode. The festival is responsive and adaptive to the transitory nature of emerging technologies and the shifting landscape of contemporary art. Each year, the festival format evolves through the continuous development of institutional, curatorial and corporate partnerships.

The core changes outlined below are a direct result of audience and participant feedback from past festivals, collectively illustrating an urgent community demand for substantial arts and technology programming.


You asked us to move the dates and we listened! The new festival is shorter, tighter, and will take place in the fall. 

Black Box 3.0: September 21 - October 2, 2016

Conceptual Framework

Black Box explores how digital media and emerging technologies are transforming the arts, culture, and public life. Since 2014, the festival has been situated within the Seattle International Film Festival and focused on contemporary artists who expand the language of cinema.

Due to thriving community demand for arts and technology programming, the festival is expanding beyond the previous emphasis on film and cinema. This context has proved to be an unnecessary restraint.

Black Box is now simply an international arts and technology festival.

This new framework presents extraordinary opportunities to support projects that move across a myriad of disciplines. The festival will continue to present film and video work, but will incorporate a more diverse slate of programs that seamlessly integrate visual art, media, music, sound, performance, architecture, design, fashion, and more.

There is no overarching festival theme beyond the umbrella of “arts and technology”, which is intentionally open. Key concepts will emerge from the open call and unfold through festival and partner programs, exhibitions, screenings, projects, discussions, workshops, installations, performances, and hybrid formats. Attention will be closely paid to intellectually rigorous and socially urgent ideas, emerging technologies, and experimental projects that present new modes of creating and thinking. Black Box is a place for creative and critical ideas.

Technology disrupts the arts, but how do the arts disrupt technology? What is the role of artist and creator in an increasingly mechanized world? How can artists leverage new tools to produce, distribute, create access, and build audiences for their work? How does technological innovation and disnovation shape public life?

Partner Program

Black Box will continue to closely collaborate with a selective partner network of Seattle’s most adventurous businesses, organizations, and institutions.

For the first time, Black Box is initiating an open call for artists, projects, venues, and partner programs. There is abundant creative energy brewing below the surface of Seattle, and I expect that this open call will release untapped talent, resources, and opportunity.

Online Project Site

Last year, the Black Box online program - Fullscreen - presented new video and digital art, streaming content, mobile, and interactive projects. The site received over 25,000 visits in just a four week period. This program will continue to develop in 2016, transporting the festival to audiences around the world.

I founded Black Box with the intention of building an international platform for new work and ideas from the most creative, talented and innovative artists, designers, engineers, curators, technologists, hackers, and makers in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Already an indispensable element of Seattle’s ecosystem, Black Box continues to be a vital barometer for our burgeoning arts and tech environment. 

The rippling effects of Aktionsart and Black Box throughout the community are markedly visible. Thanks to our invaluable partners, volunteers and advocates for your support over the past two years! I greatly look forward to seeing what transpires at Black Box 3.0.

The open call for artists, venues, and partner program proposals is now live. Review the opportunities and guidelines to determine which application is most appropriate for your participation, then be sure to submit it by 5PM PST on May 31, 2016:


Julia Fryett
Founder, Aktionsart

Recent Press: Seattle Magazine and City Arts

Thanks to Seattle Magazine for their January issue feature on Aktionsart and to City Arts for honoring Julia Fryett (Founder & Director, Aktionsart) on their 2016 Future List as one of twelve innovators who will define the coming year!

Photo by Hayley Young

The Top 20 Most Talented People in Seattle
Featuring Julia Fryett
February 2016 Seattle Magazine

Aktionsart Unifies Art and Tech
January 2016 Seattle Magazine
Jim Demetre

The Bridge-Builder: Julia Fryett
CityArts 2016 Future List
Amanda Manitach

Aktionsart Artists at Sundance 2016

Congratulations to Lucy Walker, Jonathan Monaghan and Kalup Linzy on their inclusion in the Sundance 2016 New Frontier program! Aktionsart had the enormous pleasure of working with these off-the-chart talents for Black Box 2.0 (Monaghan, Linzy) and Amfest Moscow (Walker).

If you haven't yet seen THE LION'S MOUTH OPENS (Walker), we can't recommend enough that you catch it on HBO. Walker's first foray into virtual reality, A HISTORY OF CUBAN DANCE, premieres this week at Sundance.

Presented at Black Box 2.0, ESCAPE POD (Monaghan), is also showing at Sundance and was highlighted by The Telegraph as their favorite installation in New Frontier

Linzy, who premiered three new works at Black Box 2.0, brings his multi-platform melodrama QUEEN ROSE FAMILY (DA STORIES) to Sundance.

Lucy Walker

A History of Cuban Dance

Still from A HISTORY OF CUBAN DANCE (2016).

Organic, spontaneous, sexy dances progress chronologically through Afro-Cuban Santería rumba, mambo, cha-cha-chá, salsa, breakdancing, and reggaeton, with optional audio tracks reflecting the broader story of Cuban history as revealed in the moves. Palpable and transporting, this live-action virtual reality documentary was filmed on location in Cuba and features Ballet de la Televisión Cubana.

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Kalup Linzy

Queen Rose Family (Da Stories)


Kalup Linzy (Sweet, Sampled, and Left Ova, 2010 Sundance Film Festival) returns to the Festival, bringing this outrageously campy, multi-platform world where tragedy strikes the Queen Rose family. Conversations Wit De Churen X: One Life To Heal and Conversations Wit De Churen IX XI XII: Dayz of Our Egochronicle the story of Taiwan Braswell’s disappearance. Amidst the musings and melodrama saturating all reaches of his family tree, Taiwan performs his signature tune "Asshole" from beyond the human dimension (manifested via the Pepper’s ghost installation). This mash-up of fine art, music video, and trashy daytime soap opera features an ensemble cast including Tunde Adebimpe and Michael Stipe.

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Jonathan Monaghan

Escape Pod

Still from ESCAPE POD.

This seamlessly looped 20-minute computer-animated film invites you to join a golden deer as it traverses glossy, surreal environments of wealth, power, and authority. Composed of one continuous tracking shot, this visually fantastic journey imagines a new reality devoid of human bodies, left only with material desires and ambitions of power.

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13 Chambers: a new breed of anthology film

New project will produce site-specific anthology film by 13 women artists


A room of one’s own for a new breed of anthology film.

Seattle-based film production/distribution/marketing firm Smarthouse Creative (Brad Wilke & Ryan Davis) and the newly formed art and technology nonprofit Aktionsart (Julia Fryett) are teaming up to produce 13 CHAMBERS, a site-specific anthology film program exploring the uncanny, the supernatural, and the sublime.

They've invited 13 Seattle women artists from a wide spectrum of disciplines to participate in the experimental project, creating short films according to a unique set of 13 constraints within the site-specific environment of an abandoned school building in Seattle's South Lake Union neighborhood. The building, constructed in 1918 as a print shop, is slated for demolition later this month when it will become an apartment complex.

They've launched a week-long Seed&Spark crowdfunding campaign to support this project, on an expedited timeline in order to ensure the production is completed before the building is torn down.

Says producer Brad Wilke, "As soon as I saw the building, which is truly cavernous, I said 'we have to make a film here.' From that point, just one week ago, it's been a race to get things moving. The film and arts community so far has been totally on board: they see the potential and want to help us make this happen."

In April, Fryett procured the donation of the school to Aktionsart from San Francisco developer MacFarlane Partners. She has since used it as a site for new media art projects, including Black Box Festival and General Intellect - an exhibition of 3,000 videos created by Amazon Mechanical Turk workers. Previously, the  building was home to Morningside Academy.

“13 CHAMBERS is a project that aligns perfectly with Aktionsart’s mission to empower artists to experiment with new methods of production and distribution,” says Fryett. “I’m particularly thrilled to partner with Smarthouse Creative and invite local female filmmakers to create a living archive of this unique and haunted space in South Lake Union. It’s one of the few remaining historical structures in a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood.”

Smarthouse and Aktionsart will release the anthology in early 2016, and plan to expand the 13 CHAMBERS anthology concept to other site-specific locations in other cities around the world.


A 1918 building in South Lake Union, formerly a print shop and then a school, which will be torn down imminently.

Much gratitude to MacFarlane Partners for generously donating this space.



Jessica Aceti
Megumi Shauna Arai
Lindy Boustedt
Claire Buss
Giselle Bustillos
Nancy Chang
Dayna Hanson
Kat Larson
Amanda Manitach
Wynter Rhys
Serrah Russell
Norma Jean Straw
Ellen Xu


The 13 CHAMBERS feature-length film anthology will be distributed via an hybrid theatrical/online model in Spring 2016.


We are raising funds to pay filmmakers and cover upfront production costs on Seed & Spark. Consider donating today!

Aktionsart Launches Amazon's First New Media Art Gallery



Aktionsart is proud to announce the launch of the first gallery selling new media, video and digital art on Amazon Art. 

The gallery furthers Aktionsart’s vision of providing support and opportunities for artists to develop leading-edge, experimental models of media art production and distribution. 

The first project Aktionsart is distributing on Amazon Art is General Intellect, by James Coupe, coinciding with the conclusion of the exhibition curated by Julia Fryett (Founder, Aktionsart) in a decaying school building in South Lake Union. General Intellect features a generative database of 3,000 videos produced by workers hired through Amazon’s Mechanical Turk (mTurk) service. The work is sold as unique database queries that art collectors may acquire and exhibit on a single-channel touchscreen computer or a three-channel wall projection. Buyers receive a package that includes their unique query, a set of videos, custom display hardware and software, and annual subscription service that delivers new videos each week. More Info

Aktionsart plans to expand the gallery, encouraging artists to use this virtual space as a site-specific venue for interventions and testing entrepreneurial ideas that connect art with new audiences.

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



Learn about the art and artists of Black Box, get tickets and get social. 

201 Westlake Avenue N. / Seattle WA
Thursday - Sunday, noon - 5PM 

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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.