In order to operate autonomously, smart devices must first acquire an understanding of the world in which they move. They need models generated from isolated data items and then compiled in combination to create a version of reality. While they see a great deal, they’re also discreet. Data is expensive and secrets are raw material. How do our smart devices see us? What don’t they see? And who can relate to them, anyway? The project BLACKBOX: AN OPEN INVESTIGATION explores how our technological competencies influence what we see in that a story is told from the perspective of omnipresent sensors and then a question is asked: What happened?