The exhibition ‘Penetrating the black box’ by Portugese artist Patrícia J. Reis opens at Artistic Bokeh in Q21, MQ – MuseumsQuartier Wien. The installation proposes the photographic apparatus as a «black box» and as a metaphor to reflect upon the relation between the private and public space of the image. In the installation Penetrating the black box, Reis creates a «scene» consisting of a mechanical apparatus that is programmed in order to automatically trigger two photo digital cameras (at different moments) inside a black box. The output image from the cameras is transmitted in real-time onto two monitors.
The mechanical apparatus with two long arms penetrates the black box in a slowly programed gesture, accomplishing the artist’s politically based decision to trigger the cameras or take photographs. On the other hand, the cameras that happen to be inside the black box in a specific position receive this command by chance, turning the previous event into a happening or a digital image. By displacing the camera’s point of view from the private and occult space of the black box to the private but visible space of the monitors, the viewer becomes a photographer, incorporating the camera’s point of view and completing the closed-circuit installation.
Patrícia J. Reis is a Portugese artists who pursues new ways of interaction and sensorial engagement with the public in the interdisciplinary field of art, science and technology through employing aesthetic strategies of demystification and deconstruction.