Seven days together in a reflective box (Isolation box #2)



I am looking for a person to join me in a 4’ x 8’ x 4‘ box for exactly one week (168 hours, June 8th, 8:45pm to June 15th, 8:45pm). The box will be made of plywood, covered in mirror on the outside and be placed inside EDGE gallery in Denver. During this time we will not leave the box and we will be fasting.


You must be motivated; willing and able to endure the psychological and physical challenges that will arise; confident and determined that you can make it; be excited and intrigued by the prospect of spending a week in a box with someone you don’t know; and be willing to experience and connect deeper than you have ever done before.


The work aims to explore how deep of a connection can be formed in the confines of a self imposed prison, when there are no distractions, and no running away from discomfort. It is the exploration of the depths of ourselves, together; a shared hermitage. At the same time it will be the falling apart of ego – a death of sorts – as we lose every reference point to our reality and embrace the unknown existence within the box.


You will not meet me until the evening that we enter the box. My mother will be conducting the selection process, as she knows me well and has my best interest in mind. Please respond to her: 7daysinbox@gmail.com by May 25th to apply, express interest, or ask any questions.


This is the opportunity of a lifetime.



10 Responses to “Seven days together in a reflective box (Isolation box #2)”

  1. 1 Tanner J. Smith
    May 7, 2012 at 9:27 am

    could we have sex in the box? because i want you to bend over and make your daddy talk.

  2. May 10, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    this sounds really intriguing. unfortunately i’m claustrophobic. 😀
    love your blog man. very inspiring stuff. you’re awesome!

  3. May 11, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    Dear Daniel,

    My name is Michael McGrath. I am a performance artist, fine artist, sculptor, illustrator and author and I would love the opportunity to do something like you are proposing with the box at the Art Museum. I am 55, 130 lbs., 5’9″, in very good health. I have fasted many times during my life and know what it takes to prepare for such a fast intelligently and safely. I am also interested in making a human connection, such as you are proposing, with another person in such an environment as the box you and your companion will end up in at the Art Museum.

    I currently work for the Jeffco Public Schools as a para-educator. The school year will finish on 31 May 2012, and I will be available to join you in the box after that date. Westword stated that you were proposing to do this project from 1-8 June, but this website says it will be from the 8-15 of June. Could you clarify what dates you would be doing this?

    My phone number is 303.324.9622. I would be happy to meet and interview with you, if you might be interested in allowing me to join you in the box. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Michael A. McGrath
    Illustrator/Author/Performance Artist

    • May 12, 2012 at 10:17 am

      Hi Michael!
      Thank you for your interest! The dates are the 8th to the 15th. It is not at the Denver Art Museum, and my mom will be handling the whole selection process, and I won’t know who she chooses until I meet my box partner the night of the 8th. Please contact her: 7daysinbox@gmail.com. I have forwarded your original message, but she is going to want your email.

      Thank you!

      • May 12, 2012 at 12:13 pm

        Hey, Daniel! Since the dates are the 8th to the 15th of June, I will not be able to participate. I have a wedding photo contract interview and signing that day. (My wife is a photographer and I am her assistant). I will be out of town.

        Maybe in the future we could hook up and do another collaborative art piece together. I would be honored to participate.


  4. May 12, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Too bad, keep in touch!

  5. May 13, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Hey Daniel,
    I read about your idea of the box and I love it. I most definitely be interested in joining you in the box. I saw that your mom is dealing with the interviewing so I do plan on messaging her.

    About me I have fasted before for as long as a week and would have no problem doing it again. I have been facing my discomforts and doing some soul searching for the past few years. I got sober a little over 3 years ago and have been looking at how to better my life since. This sounds like one great opportunity to further this process. If you have any questions I’m willing to answer them.


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