Mirroring design elements from 19th century pre-cinema devices, Magic Box was created as a physical trailer for Alchemy of Light. Peering inside the box one can watch a film that is not visible to the other viewer. At dark moments, one can see through the box into the eyes of the other participant. The sliders on the front panel of the box select which film is visible to each viewer. If both people move to the far position of the slider their hands will touch.
Created (program/camera/edit) by Ruth Sergel
Performers: Luigi Coppola, Johanna Levy, Clara Palavesin
Music: Erik Friedlander, Michael Montes
Carpentry: Paul DiPietro
Magic Box is supported by a grant from the Experimental Television Center's Finishing Funds program which is supported by the Electronic Media and Film Program at the New York State Council on the Arts. Thank you to ITP and 3LD Art & Technology Center