black box

The black box series is a set of nine input/output boxes using light, sound and touch/vibrate. Each box has a tight connection between input and output and translates sound to light, movement to sound, touch to touch etc.

The boxes are investigated playfully and while they blink, squeak and move we talk about what they do, and how they do it, but more also how it feels and what it reminds us off. Each child then designs a fantasy black box using cardboard boxes and craft materials.

The black box project is designed to amuse or surprise and support the communication of insights and intuitions. On the threshold between the everyday and the unexpected we are looking for new machines and new ideas.

Duration: 1 hour

Age range: 5-7 years old

Materials: Cardboard boxes, construction paper, kitchen foil, bubble wrap, duct tape, glue, wire, basic paint, string.

Tools: Scissors, paint brushes, glue gun, box cutter.

Fast Machines Slow Bodies, Conference, Taipei, Taiwan, August 2007
The Body as Interface, Symposium, Netherlands Media Art Institute, Amsterdam, December, 2006
Fleshing Out, Wearable Interfaces, Smart Materials, Living Fabrics, V2_, Rotterdam, November 2006

Andersen, K., Black Box: Exploring Simple Electronic Interaction. In Proceedings of Tangible & Embedded Interaction Conference (TEI08) Bonn. 2008