17 x 20 Documentation
Black Box is a mixed media piece about the current conversation around the police, violence, and race. We took the idea of camera phones as citizen journalism and flipped it: the media story within the box (all taken from videos and images captured by cellphones intermixed with turn of the century newspaper reportings on African Americans being arrested) can only be accessed by the user’s phone. Upon entering the room, John Coltrane’s “Alabama” is playing. When the user places their phone in the black box, audio from one of the cellphone camera videos is triggered via a Kinect, playing over “Alabama” and creating a new kind of protest song. “Black Box” is creating a new kind of confrontational piece, by remixing video and audio and cell phone imagery. Created by Caroline Sinders, Yohance Murray, Jenn de la Vega, and Yue Liu.