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News, updates, and blog entries from 2014-2017.

BURN YOUR BLOG: BLACK BOX 2.0

BURN YOUR BLOG: neon, glass, transformer, GTO, supports, silver, zip ties, cinder block, 28 in. x 1 in. x 6 in. | Dylan Neuwirth © 2014

BURN YOUR BLOG: neon, glass, transformer, GTO, supports, silver, zip ties, cinder block, 28 in. x 1 in. x 6 in. | Dylan Neuwirth © 2014

The conversation between art + technology is getting louder and Seattle is rapidly becoming the focal point of this long gestating confluence of seemingly disparate aesthetics. Luminaries from both fields have been collaborating with increasing cohesion in the past 50 years to great success beginning most notably, for me, with the Art and Technology Program initiated by LACMA that ran from 1967-1971 and kickstarted the careers of Robert Irwin and James Turrell. Although this was an early west coast phenomena, the fervor is indeed global, so it's fitting that Black Box 2.0 brings this world-spanning dialogue back to Seattle where "tech" is not only redefining the landscape but the Pacific Northwest cultural sector with it. There has never been a better time to engage both pursuits in such a generous way.

Black Box 2.0 is “nomadic and antidisciplinary,” exhibited in eight locations across the city, including the Seattle Art Museum, Raisebeck Performance Hall, SIFF Film Center and a schoolhouse on Westlake slated for demolition later this year that will serve at the festival hub. The festival is organized by Aktionsart, an art and technology nonprofit based in Seattle that opened in 2013. Julia Fryett, the founder and director of Aktionsart, curated this year’s festival with Anne Couillaud, an independent curator who recently moved from New York to Seattle. Together Fryett and Couillaud have compiled an impressive roster of artists, helping propel Seattle onto an international stage.
— David Strand

BURN YOUR BLOG is on display at the Black Box Hub from May 7 - June 7, 2015. Black Box 2.0 programming can be found here and see more from David Strand in Vanguard.