The Black Box Project is a site-specific performance work that responds to the ‘black-box’ as a major spatial and theatrical paradigm of the twentieth century. How does such a definitive form - the black box; a basic rectangular volume, with all technology in view, a space painted black - resonate now and, in particular, with regards to contemporary issues such as big data, the rise of surveillance capitalism, and with themes such as logistics and memory? This collectively created site-specific project responds to contemporary meanings associated with the black box and, within the context of the COVID19 pandemic, engages with the ‘black box’ as a prefigurative space for how we want to be in the world; as a site for mediating experiences of performing collectivity in isolation.
This project will be presented online. Details for the launch of the digital platform will be announced here.
Concept and Project Director: Shauna Janssen
Dramaturgy: Ariane Janisse, Brooklyn Melnyk
Design Team: Andrei Mamaliga, Myriam Olivier, Jonathan Stern, Jamie Woollard
Virtual Reality Creative Consultants: Amanda Gutiérrez, Matthew Gantt
Performing Creators: Faiza Boukaria, Aidan Cottreau, Charles Gao, Seyedsina Hashemi, Naomi Levy, Ryan Litvak, Aude Vallerand, Sydney “Freddy” Van Camp, Theodore Viadero