Black Box
Ola Ståhl / PS Malmö (2011-2013)

Black Box is the overall title of a published text, a set of artist’s books, a performance and a video installation comprising pager messages intercepted in the US on September 11, 2001, in the hours leading up to the attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon. Made public by Wikileaks and cited, without substantial editing or any form of annotation, they form, in many way, an “everyday” crystalliferous image of a state in crisis on the verge of, or in a sense, in the midst of, an impending cataclysm. The final instantiation of the project (Black Box: Trilogy) juxtaposes the text comprising the pager messages with two other texts, one based on court proceedings published by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia with all witness testimonies and statements cut out leaving only questions, legal formalia and the framework of the court itself, the other, exploring the discourse of ballistics and weapons design weaving together military autopsy reports, scientific test results and evaluations of new technologies in the post-war period without reference to the actual employment of the technologies referred to in armed conflict.

Black Box (artist’s books, performance and video, Publication Studio Malmö, Ptarmigan, Helsinki / Tallinn and Supermarket Art Fair, Stockholm, 2011)

Black Box (Publication Studio Malmö / Valeveil, 2011)

Black Box: Trilogy (Publication Studio Malmö, 2013)