Wilf Speller, BlkBx.mov, 2014, 6’10”
Black Box, noun: A device which performs intricate functions but whose internal mechanism may not readily be inspected or understood.
Formally borrowing from Internet aesthetics, ranging from YouTube conspiracy videos to instructional desktop demonstrations, this piece uses new imaging perspectives to explore the notion of the Black Box as an icon of power and ideology to be found both in faith and illusion.
The Black Box has a sublimity that goes beyond visuality. It is by definition non-visual, a prosaic non-object, yet it entails a greatness transcending all possibility of calculation, meaning, imagination and imitation. It is a vertiginous construct and a hall of mirrors. This is the paradox but also the power of the Black Box.
Wilf Speller is a moving image artist whose work examines the politics of contemporary image culture. Having originally studied film, he then went on to complete an MA in Photographic Studies at the University of Westminster, for which he was awarded an AHRC grant.