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Black Box 2.0

2020 • Interactive Sound Installation

Black Box 2.0 invites curiosity, interactive play, & novelty in an everyday environment

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Rebooting Black Box

The original Black Box was created at the University of Louisville in collaboration with Uadani Buttò.


It brought so much delight that I always wanted to do it again (even better)! 

With generous support from the International Alliance for Women in Music, Black Box has been redesigned to improve the experience and construction. Now it's ready to send to new locations and audiences.

Request Black Box 2.0 to bring it to you!

Image by Laura Ockel

Ruth Anderson Commission Prize (2019), International Alliance for Women in Music.


The Original Black Box

Presented by creators Lauren Spavelko & Uadani Buttò. University of Louisville. Spring 2016.

First Exhibition

About Black Box (2.0)

Black Box 2.0 is a sound installation inviting curiosity, interactive play, and novelty in an everyday environment.


It asks two questions—

   1) How do people respond to an unusual object in their normal environment?
   2) How can Black Box continue to solicit their attention when the novelty is gone?
Black Box is programmed with environmental, animal, human, & musical sounds. Sounds are triggered deliberately, at random, or at scheduled intervals. The Box has the appeal of a game or puzzle—many passersby explore the Box and experiment to create a desired sound again.


When left untouched, the Box has an entirely new set of sounds and behaviors designed to entice, manipulate, or annoy passersby to interact with it.


Black Box’s sounds are endlessly customizable and can be designed for new locations and audiences.

Send me a note to bring Black Box to you!

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