The Exploding Box


The Exploding Box uses acousmatic sound, motion graphics, puppetry, and sound poetry to explore the ‘exploded view,’ a Renaissance diagrammatic construction in which an object is represented as if there had been a small controlled explosion emanating from its middle, causing the object's parts to be separated from its nucleus.

The Exploding Box twists conventional notions of duration into a commercial/advertising/designed experience.

In the Exploding Box, Wolfgang von Goethe, Friedrich Nietzsche, Ferdinand de Saussure, and Jules Verne participate in a ritual game of chance in which the only things that are black and white are everything in the visual field. Replete with perpetual postponement, over-brimming with anticipation, chocked full of literal and metaphorical nuts, The Exploding Box is an acoustic horror vacui in which logics blur, and the lines between the poetic and the academic become as fuzzy as those between the phonetic and the semantic. It also smells good.





The Exploding Box, 2016; performed at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens. Photograph by Dave Kudzma and Joseph Herring.