BlackBOX – Design and Innovation

BlackBOX in Milan, 2015

An exhibition celebrating design and innovation from Melbourne Australia.


  • Ian Wong
    Monash Art, Design and Architecture
BlackBOX in Milan, 2015

The black box flight recorder was invented in Melbourne and the analysis of data captured by a black box flight recorder provides valuable insights that help to ensure future air travel is safer. The BlackBOX research project has captured raw data about the history of design and innovation in Melbourne and acts as an archive for future analysis and research.

The 3D printed black boxes represent solid state memory and give voice to an untold history of design and innovation from Melbourne.

Products designed by professional designers that have endured are featured with most still in production. A digital archive for each project is activated by low energy Bluetooth beacons as visitors approach each box.

The BlackBOX app is available for iOS mobile devices and the Apple watch which highlights the invention of wifi by the CSIRO in Australia.

The innovative application of wifi, bluetooth and cloud based technologies represents a sustainable approach for future curatorial and visual practice.