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"WHEN YOU WALK ALONG THE STREET, YOU’RE IN A MOVIE."

-Stephen Fry, Making History


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.

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 distance between reality and fiction in a world shaped by Hollywood, social media and video games.

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.

Curated by Julia Fryett

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SCHEDULE


MAY 21, 6 - 9 PM
PANEL // PKN SEA v54: ART+TECHNOLOGY
Olympic Sculpture Park PACCAR Pavilion
6 - 8:15 PM: Presentations
8:15 - 10 PM: Afterparty
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MAY 24, 10AM PST
ONLINE WORLD PREMIERE // Love Never Wanted Me
Black Box Fullscreen
Tracey Emin / United Kingdom / 2013 / 3m
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MAY 28, 7:30 - 9:00 PM
SCREENING // Black Box
Seattle Art Museum
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MAY 29 - 31, 8 PM
PIRATE CINEMA
Northwest Film Forum
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MAY 31, 10:30 - 11:30 AM
PANEL // Art, Cinema & Code
SIFF Film Center
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MAY 15 - JUNE 8

BLACK BOX FULLSCREEN // www.siffblackbox.com
Online channel of artist films, interactive projects and educational content

CRITICAL VOICES: JENNIFER STEINKAMP
Portland Art Museum
May 17, 2 - 3 PM
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THIS NAMELESS SPECTACLE: JESPER JUST
Portland Art Museum
Through June 1
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MIRROR: DOUG AITKEN
Seattle Art Museum
Free and open to the public
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PARALLEL PRACTICES: JOAN JONAS & GINA PANE
Henry Art Gallery
Half-price admission with SIFF ticket stub or Festival pass
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SANCTUM: JAMES COUPE & JUAN PAMPIN
Henry Art Gallery
Free and open to the public
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PROGRAM


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


BLACK BOX SCREENING
Seattle Art Museum
May 28, 7:30 - 9:00 PM
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A screening of new work by Alex Prager, 2013 Turner Prize recipient Laure Prouvost and the North American Premiere of Harun Farocki’s four-part cycle, Parallel.

LA-based artist Alex Prager stages imaginary, Technicolor dream worlds that reference classic Hollywood movies and Hitchcock heroines. Her characters appear simultaneously anonymous, oddly familiar and ostentatiously fake. Harun Farocki’s Parallel I - IV deals with the image genre of computer graphics and animation, seeking out the boundaries of game worlds and the nature of objects. Merging drawing, painting and sculpture in elaborate environments, Laure Prouvost constructs abstract mythologies about her grandmother and grandfather. When she recently received the esteemed Turner Prize for Wantee, Prouvost smiled and asked, “But what is the difference between fiction and reality? And who cares anyway? It’s up to you. Do you want to believe?”


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Wantee

Laure Prouvost / United Kingdom / 2013 / 15m

Grandma’s Dream
Laure Prouvost / United Kingdom / 2013 / 9m

Parallel I - IV
Harun Farocki / Germany / 2012 - 2014 / 45m 
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

Face in the Crowd
Alex Prager / USA / 2013 / 12m




PIRATE CINEMA
Northwest Film Forum
May 29 - 31, 8 PM
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The hidden activity and geography of real-time peer-to-peer file sharing via BitTorrent is revealed in The Pirate Cinema, a live installation by digital artist Nicolas Maigret. In Maigret’s monitoring room, omnipresent telecommunications surveillance gains a global face, as the artist plunders the core of restless activity online, revealing how visual media is consumed and disseminated across the globe.

Each act of this live work produces an arbitrary mash-up of the BitTorrent files being exchanged, in real time, in a specific media category, including music, audio books, movies, porn, documentaries, video games and more. These fragmentary contents in transit are browsed by the artist, transforming BitTorrent network users (unknown to them) into contributors to the audio-visual composition that is The Pirate Cinema.

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ART, CINEMA & CODE
SIFF Film Center
May 31, 10:30 - 11:30 AM
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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 FULLSCREEN
www.siffblackbox.com
May 15 - June 8

Online channel showing artist films, educational content and interactive projects.

Love Never Wanted Me
Tracey Emin / United Kingdom / 2013 / 3m
ONLINE WORLD PREMIERE // MAY 24, 10AM PST



DIASPORE: JENNIFER STEINKAMP
Portland Art Museum
May 17, 2 - 3 PM
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A pioneering artist in digital media, California-based Jennifer Steinkamp is internationally recognized for her breathtaking installations of projected, computer-generated imagery. Steinkamp juxtaposes the organic and inorganic, the real and invented in room filling works that reflect upon the increasing synthesis of our real and virtual worlds. The artist will discuss her process and aesthetic concerns.

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PKN SEA v54: ART+TECHNOLOGY
Olympic Sculpture Park
May 21
6 - 8:15 PM: Presentations
8:15 - 10 PM: Afterparty
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This evening brings together presenters from across technology and art communities to consider the spectrum of practice and potential within these two means of understanding and framing our world.

After party following the presentations in the Olympic Sculpture Park PACCAR Pavilion featuring music by Good Co.

PRESENTERS INCLUDE: Mark Long // Janet Galore // Blaise Arcos y Aguillera // Susie Lee  //  Matt  Uyttendaele // Dave Hernandez // Julia Fryett  // Shaya Lyon // Andrew Perti // Korby Sears // Omri Mor // Tasia Endo // Dylan Neuwirth // Mira Crisp // Jacob Peter Fennell



MIRROR: DOUG AITKEN
Seattle Art Museum Facade
Free and open to the public
Mirror Website

Hundreds of hours of footage, surfaces, locations and landscapes reduced to their essence create a living museum exterior. This footage of the landscape and the surroundings feed into the building, which sequences it live. Weather information, pedestrian movement, atmospheric conditions and more are used to compose the moving images in unexpected ways.

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PARALLEL PRACTICES: JOAN JONAS & GINA PANE
Henry Art Gallery
May 15 - June 8, 2014
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This exhibition brings together a selection of works by two artists born a short time apart who are renowned for their foundational contributions to the field of performance art. Jonas and Pane were proto-feminist artists, working in New York and Paris respectively, who worked multi-disciplinarily at a time when many of their peers focused their attentions on a single medium. Through selections of their sculpture, photography, video, drawing, installation, and live arts, Parallel Practices celebrates the shared and complementary aspects of Jonas’ and Pane’s art, and highlights the differences that characterize their unique bodies of work.

Joan Jonas’ experiments with video are among the earliest and most enduring investigations of this medium. Jonas owned the first Sony Porta Pak video recorder in the United States, which she acquired on a trip to Japan in 1970. It was announced in April that she will be representing the United States at the 2015 Venice Biennale.

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THIS NAMELESS SPECTACLE: JESPER JUST
Portland Art Museum
Through June 1, 2014
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Just uses film technology and installation strategies as vehicles to create work that addresses complex contemporary issues through open-ended visual narratives rich in detail and metaphorical import. 

This Nameless Spectacle constructs a powerful montage of image and sequence that harnesses ambiguity, and uses discontinuous narrative structures on two screens to engage the viewer in the fluid nature of observation and cinematic conventions.

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SANCTUM: JAMES COUPE & JUAN PAMPIN
Henry Art Gallery Facade
Free and open to the public

An interactive art installation, Sanctum employs surveillance systems to generate cinematic narratives with social media content that matches the demographic profile of passers-by.

For those who choose to participate in the project, Sanctum will actively gather information via sophisticated surveillance and profiling technology and match it with data drawn from social media sites to shape original plausible and implausible fictional narratives.

To learn more about the project and to contribute with narrative content, please enter here. You can also opt in by scanning the QR codes that will be posted on signage outside the museum.

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BLACK BOX GRATITUDE

Special thanks to Beth Barrett, Kim Rorschach and Greg Olson




ABOUT AKTIONSART

Aktionsart is a nonprofit laboratory that engages technology, design and contemporary culture to produce ambitious art projects. Learn more.



QUESTIONS / COMMENTS / PRESS

info (at) aktionsart.org

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Tracey Emin. LOVE NEVER WANTED ME. 2013. 

Online World Premiere

This film was shot on an iPad.

Courtesy of the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong

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TRACEY EMIN. Interview about LOVE NEVER WANTED ME.

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Laure Prouvost on WANTEE, the film for which she won the 2013 Turner Prize. Screens May 28 at the Seattle Art Museum: Get Tickets

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Harun Farocki on his newest work, PARALLEL I - IV. The North American Premiere screens May 28 at the Seattle Art Museum: Get Tickets

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A look inside Alex Prager’s FACE IN THE CROWD. Screens May 28 at the Seattle Art Museum: Get Tickets

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Ryan Trecartin. ITEM FALLS. 2013.

"The most consequential artist to have emerged since the 1980s." 
-The New Yorker

In his Artforum essay on Trecartin, “Situation Hacker,” Wayne Koestenbaum observes that in ITEM FALLS the artist’s characters are “always auditioning for Presence” - an audition which represents “a perpetually stimulated and vigilant state of being.”

Learn More: The New Inquiry profile on Trecartin

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