76 Grand Street
What would happen if speech was interrupted automatically into images? What would happen if we could speak using somebody else's set of images?
Deitch Projects presented Alexandros Psychoulis' BLACK BOX, the work for which he was awarded the Benesse Prize at the 1997 Venice Biennale. The artist concisely describes the work as follows:
"BLACK BOX is in short an automatic animator of speech. It consists of a video-wall, a microphone, and a powerful computer. There are approximately 4,000 images stored in the computer (still and moving pictures) which correspond to an equal number of English words. The images belong to the mental space of the artist, in other words to a Greek male, named Alexandros Psychoulis, of thirty-one years of age who lives in Athens."
The viewer spoke into a microphone, his/her words triggered the automatic projection of images on the video-wall. Using voice recognition software, the artist set up a structure in which the artist and the participant entered one another's minds. The viewer/participant saw his/her thoughts through the artist's bank of visual memories and the artist's images sparked the participant's thought patterns. BLACK BOX set up a collaboration between the artist and the viewer/participant, together creating the experience of the work of art.
Alexandros Psychoulis was born in Volos, Greece in 1966. This was his first exhibit in the United States.
March 8 - 11, 2018
We will present a special solo project by the artist JR.
Image: JR, Migrants, Walking New York City, 2015
April - May 2018
18 Wooster Street
76 Grand Street
New York, NY 10013
Monday – Friday
10 AM – 6 PM
Tuesday – Saturday
Noon – 6 PM
The gallery reopens with People in April 2018.
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