William Kentridge: Black Box/ Chambre Noire
William KentridgeISBN: 089207339X;
In the course of designing his recent production of Mozart's The Magic Flute, artist and animated filmmaker William Kentridge created a mechanized theater maquette. When he saw the miniature stageAs potential as sculpture, projection site, and installation, he began to imagine Black Box, the freestanding structure whose development and installation are documented here. A movement-filled, visually charged piece, it is peopled with two-dimensional mechanical figures, completed with scenic elements and lit by flickering video. A digital projector displays animated films created from KentridgeAs charcoal drawings and sculptures. Kentridge considers his title term in three senses: a A¬black boxA® theater, a A¬chambre noireA® as it relates to photography, and a A¬black boxA® flight data recorder, as used in airline disasters. The clandestine fourth reference may be to his ongoing exploration of German history and its convergence with South African history through Namibia, a former German...
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