Hirshhorn’s Black Box Space for New Media Celebrates Its Fifth Anniversary

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WASHINGTON, DC.- The Hirshhorn inaugurated a space dedicated to recent film and video work in fall 2005. In the five years since, Black Box has presented a diverse program of established and emerging artists, including Francis Alÿs, Rivane Neuenschwander, Kimsooja, Mircea Cantor, Hiraki Sawa and Chris Chong Chan Fui. The artists represent a broad range of nations, from Romania and Sweden to Malaysia and Brazil. Their working methods have been equally varied, ranging from Phoebe Greenberg’s use of a full cast and crew and considerable postproduction resources to Takeshi Murata’s digital manipulation of “found-object” footage paired with sound from a collaborator he met online to Semiconductor’s melding of photography and digital animation. “Museum exhibitions typically involve years of planning, but