a black box experiment (2012)

Varieties of the "black box" exercise are commonly used in the classroom to illustrate the principles of observation and inference, the practice of modeling phenomena not subject to direct experience, and the fundamental uncertainty of knowledge. 
For this film we asked students of different ages (and their teachers) to map the interior structure of a permanently sealed opaque container by manipulating a marble hidden inside. Afterwards we invited each group to discuss their findings, articulate the difficulties encountered, and apply the experience to a broad range of held opinions.
The film is partly an allegory of our routine encounters with the “black boxes” of the world.