Burobraak transports the discussion about Black & White outside the Tropenmuseum by introducing the “Babblebox”, a mobile video message box that visits various festivals and related celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the ending of slavery in the Netherlands. It is prompted by a number of loaded statements, such as ‘The word Negro is insulting’ or ‘It’s time to get rid of the Black Pete (Zwarte Piet) tradition. Visitors are able to record their opinions on video and hence be part of the piece. The responses are presented on a special stage in the museum designated for debate, and will be published upon the exhibit’s completion.
The Babblebox visited a number of outdoor festivals in the Netherlands during 2013, before showing up at the exhibition Black & White (Zwart & Wit) in October in the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam.(a.o. Haarlem Houtfestival, Keti Koti, Roots Open Air, Kwaku and Uitmarkt)
The Black & White Babblebox is part of the The ‘Black & White’ exhibition at the Tropenmuseum which is conceptualized and designed by Burobraak. 3D design is executed in collaboration with Geke Lensink. Photo’s by Jitske Schols and Arjan Braaksma