Artist Name: collective

Title of Work:

The Black Box Experiment

Country: Australia
Year: 2018 ongoing

About This Work


What: Black Box Experiment

When: 6-10pm Fri 1 Feb

Where: Testing Grounds invite you to take part in the ‘Black Box Experiment’, a live digital ‘making as performance’ event that is part of SHOWTIME and Midsumma Festival.

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 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 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 Black Box project are Megan Beckwith, Alison Bennett, Travis Cox, Xanthie Dobbie, J Rosenbaum, & Lauren-Demi Temos .

QUEERTECH.IO = ART (IRL, URL); 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 and the artist collective will be artists in residence at Testing Grounds 23 Jan -10 Feb. Black Box Experiment #1 in 2018 went off  – here is a snippet of the scanning process in action:


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