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Black Box: Art & Cinema

Black Box is presented by Aktionsart and features internationally recognized 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.


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


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 interface that increasingly blurs the distinction between reality and fiction in a world shaped by Hollywood, social media, and video games.

Black Box 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.

Join us as we consider the current state of art, cinema and technology in this inaugural program of screenings, exhibitions, panel conversations and online channel.

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Featured Artists

Laure Prouvost, Harun Farocki, Alex Prager, Ryan Trecartin, Doug Aitken, Joan Jonas, Jennifer Steinkamp, Jesper Just

Featured Programs

BLACK BOX SCREENING
May 28 | 7:30PM - 9:00PM | Seattle Art Museum
Wantee

Laure Prouvost / United Kingdom / 2013 / 15m

Grandma's Dream

Laure
 Prouvost / United Kingdom / 2013 / 9m
Parallel I
, II, III, IV
Harun Farocki / Germany / 2012, 2014 / 16 minutes, 9 min, 8 min, 12 min
Face in the Crowd

Alex Prager / USA / 2013 / 12m

ART, CINEMA & CODE

MAY 31 | 10:30AM | SIFF Film Center
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: Julia Fryett (Aktionsart), Rick Barazza (Microsoft), Joshua Noble (designer and programmer), James Coupe (DXARTS)

Black Box is presented by Aktionsart in collaboration with the Seattle Art Museum, curated by Julia Fryett.