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24 Hour Riot at DEADTECH

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An installation by Sabine Gruffat
Opening: Friday March 14th , 8PM - 10PM
Show runs until: Tuesday April 15th


“With noise is born disorder, and its opposite: the world.” -Jacques Attali, Noise and Politics.

24 HOUR RIOT is a controlled demonstration of mediated upheaval. An interactive video installation emphasizes the problematic relationship between media imagery and political engagement by allowing viewers localized and temporary playback control of electronic noise machines and televised depictions of civil unrest within the hermetic space of the gallery. Viewers moving around the space randomly trigger a variety of dissonant electronic noises and in turn, incrementally provoke and effect minor disturbances in the diffusion of the video riot. Similar to the continuously archived news footage documenting uprisings worldwide, the ensuing outcry and dissonance of 24 Hour Riot is abetted and disaggregated by the technological conditions of its (non)release.


Sabine Gruffat is a media artist living and working in Madison, WI. She received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and MFA from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. Sabine’s films and videos have screened at festivals worldwide including the Image Forum Festival in Japan, the Split Film Festival in Croatia and the Ann Arbor Film Festival, the PDX Film Festival in Portland OR, The Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago, and The Gramercy Theater in New York. Her photographs and video installations have been shown at the Zolla Lieberman Gallery in Chicago, Art In General and Hudson Franklin in New York, Brissot-Linz Gallery in Paris, the Rochester Art Center, and the Centro Cultural Telemar in Brazil. When she is not teaching at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she spends her time rediscovering monuments, bicycle touring, wearing costumes, and making electronic music.