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Black Box / Chambre Noire
Stereoscope and Cards

Item date(s): 2005

William Kentridge
John Hodgkiss  - (photographs by)

Pages: unpaged
Size: Box = 20.5 x 38 x12cm

Place publication: Berlin
Publisher: Deutsche Guggenheim

Additional notes:
Deutsche Guggenheim Edition No. 33.

Stereoscope and 9 Cards (177 x 86mm), one being the colophon numbered and signed by William Kentridge.

Produced on the occasion of the exhibition October 29, 2005 to January 15, 2006.

Replica of the viewer: Anatoly Zaya-Ruzo. All contained in a gray box with the title on the cover.

William Kentridge: Black Box/Chambre Noire

South African artist William Kentridge is best known for work that is politically engaged, visually spectacular, and concerned with the theme of memory. The artist’s Black Box/Chambre Noire, a multimedia installation commissioned by the Deutsche Guggenheim and set to open in its Berlin space this fall, confirms this reputation. The work plays with three meanings of "black box" as the theatre space, the chambre noire (or body) of a camera, and the flight-data recorder used to retrieve information from an airline disaster - while also exploring early film history and the German colonial experience in Southwest Africa, now known as Namibia.

At the center of Black Box/Chambre Noire is a theatre in miniature, a freestanding structure filled with mechanical figures, scenic elements, and video projections which combine to create a dynamic, visual experience. The projections will feature thematically and textually multi-layered films made from Kentridge’s charcoal drawings and sculptures, found film footage, and other archival elements. In addition, charcoal drawings, paper collages, and sculptures will be exhibited alongside the installation.

Ref: GB/16447

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