Symbiotic Surfaces (Black Box teater Beings) was a public work of scenography developed by Jakob Oredsson for the facade of Black Box teater. The work is a celebration of Black Box teater, the beings it hosts, has hosted and will host in the future, the multitudes of stories constituting the theatre. Oredsson’s work enters into a dialogue with the current situation Black Box teater is in, now that the building in Marstrandgata 8 is to be demolished and the theatre must seek a new future home. Symbiotic Surfaces (Black Box teater Beings) brings the theatre into the surrounding public environment, inverting it, inside surfaces of the theatre to its outside surface.
The work consisted of a constant stream of images which carry traces of the diverse stories of the place. Images of marks that everyone who has worked in the building has a relationship with, images that are clear signs of theatre production, images of neglected events, of valued events, intimate relationships, collective achievements, images of architectural details and historical events from before Black Box teater moved into the building. This flow of images brought a feeling of the theatre out to the street and invited passers-by to reflect upon the inside of this creative environment.
Black Box teater
Norwegian Directorate for Higher Education and Skills
Norwegian Theatre Academy, Østfold University College
Led screen (1,8 m x 2,4 m) (pixel pitch: 5.5 mm) Cables, Control unit, Scaffolding