Step inside the Black Box and be transported to a virtual mirror world. In the space of mere minutes, you will be scanned and rendered as a 3D model, then placed into a digital version of the Testing Grounds site.
In tech terminology, a black box is a closed unit that is simply described in terms of its input and output but the inner workings are too complex to describe. In sociology, opening the ‘black box’ is the practice of examining closed complex social systems. In theatre, a black box is a simple unadorned performance space. In this project, the QueerTech.io artist collective consider the black box from all these perspectives in a ‘making as performance’ experiment.
The labour of digital making is usually hidden behind the shiny veneer of a finished resolved product. In the Black Box experiment, the QueerTech.io artist collective explore the notion of digital making as a public process. Visitors are invited to literally enter into the black box and become folded into the complex labor of digital making. Watch as the artists work to insert you into the virtual Testing Grounds site in real time. Let’s crack open the black box!
Artists involved in the QueerTech.io Black Box project are Megan Beckwith, Alison Bennett, Travis Cox, Xanthie Dobbie, & J Rosenbaum.
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QueerTech.io is a collective of Melbourne-based queer-identifying new media artists engaged in a exploring notions of #queertech creative practices. Since 2017, they have presented more than sixty screen-based digital media artworks by queer artists from around the globe at Testing Grounds, RMIT Spare Room Gallery, ACMI, Melbourne Museum & the Brisbane Powerhouse.
The 2019 online collection is live online from 18 January at https://queertech.io and the QueerTech.io artist collective will be artists in residence at Testing Grounds 23 Jan -10 Feb.
QueerTech.io Black Box Experiment #1 in 2018 went off – here is a snippet of the scanning process in action: