WORKS-IN-PROGRESS The Healing Box is an interactive, multimedia project that explores the concept of healing as a form of liberation. It does this by subverting an idea from the science fiction novel and film, Dune. In that story, a matriarchal order uses “The Box” to cause the sensation of pain with the goal of teaching adherents to control their instincts to raise their awareness. The Healing Box subverts this methodology by introducing an interactive matrilineal “truncated octahedron” that centers healing to raise awareness. Participants interact with the “box” by placing their hand inside of it, activating a multicolored light display and a series of sound designed, audio montages. The montages will transmit the experiences of five generations of women from the artist’s family, from the 1800s Caribbean to the 21st century United States, by recounting their stories of sickness and healing in societies that have pushed their well-being to the margins. The Healing Box is the first of a three part project, subverting science fiction texts through the stories of the women in the artist’s family, called the Maria Trilogy. The second and third parts will explore themes of work and love, and add video and virtual reality to their forms.