The Box is a video installation composed of a rubber box, an LCD monitor, and a pneumatic mechanism. The mechanism is placed inside the rubber box. It is manipulated by a computer program and synchronized with a prerecorded video. The main focus of The Box is detachment, the possibility to exist outside prevailing systems. It is influenced by the constant exposure to mass communication media messages and inability to avoid its effects. The video shows the two of us being trapped inside the box, trying to escape to the outside. As we hit our fists against the walls of the interior surrounding us, trying to break through, each hit is visible in ‘real time’ as the rubber sides of the box bend outwards.
Our attempt to escape is a reference to an escape from an all-encompassing media world as well as an escape from the white cube. On the one hand the possibility to detach oneself from today’s media and information network has become a pure privilege, which not everyone is able to afford. And as far as contemporary art network is concerned, detachment from its reference institutions, as its critique, means an ultimate isolation of the author.