Black Box

Black Box

Herman Asselberghs

video, b/w, 16:9, stereo, loop, BE, 2009

The event that, without a doubt, marked the beginning of the new century in popular consciousness and is a benchmark for the mass media is 9/11. Asselberghs’ film questions why we should want to embark into the new century with such a destructive and spectacular image and proposes to opt for a more redemptive and emancipatory moment with little spectacle value but more political potential: 2/15/2003, the day the world protested against the US government’s decision to invade Iraq. At the crossroads between poetry and politics, Asselberghs’ film urges us to consider the multiple implications of media images in our society as well as to imagine what the possibilities might be for an alternative media landscape.

Image Fairuz
Sound Boris Debackere
Voice Claude Wampler
Produced by Auguste Orts
Co-produced by Contour Mechelen vzw
With the support of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund

Black Box

Has recently been on display at the following locations:

24 Stuttgarter Filmwinter Stuttgart (DE), Jan 20-23, 2011 M HKA Antwerpen (BE), May 21 – Aug 22, 2010 Royal Hibernian Academy/Gallagher Gallery Dublin (IE), Feb 19 – Mar 13, 2010 IFFR Rotterdam (NL), Feb 3, 2010 Contour Mechelen (BE), Aug 15 – Oct 18, 2009