Project 36

Out of the Box

Out of the Box is a multi-artist performance series presenting Indigenous perspectives on the legacies of Captain Cook’s voyages.

Among the themes explored was culture as commodity. Out of the Box artists challenge stereotypes by using cardboard boxes to represent the metaphorical boxes society places on Alaska Native peoples.

Performances included artist Ryan Romer performing as Billy Billiken, an all-knowing “ice road scholar” who dispenses wisdom from a box. Viewers became participants when Sarah Whalen confronted the secrecy and shame that enshrouds domestic violence by inviting passersby to write their own personal stories on her box.

Each performance was a thought-provoking response to Arctic Ambitions: Captain Cook and the Northwest Passage.