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Baghdad Plan Is A Success

Sabine Gruffat - 2008, 16mm master negative, Madison, WI

This 16mm film was made by cutting up The New York Times newspapers articles. The semi-automated animation process resulted in sentence combinations that sometimes make sense while randomly emphasizing certain words and images.

Each computer animation was transferred to one 100ft roll of 16 mm Tri-X reversal film and then hand-processed. The reversal negative is the original.

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 was born in Bangkok, raised in Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong and New York. She has traveled extensively and has lived in Exeter, Barcelona, Paris and Providence. Her 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 as well as microcinema venues/galleries, the PDX Film Festival in Portland, OR. Discount Cinema and the Ice Factory in Chicago, IL., and more recently, Hull screen U.K., The Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago Filmmakers, 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 in New York, the Rochester Art Center and the Centro Cultural Telemar in Brasil. When she is not teaching, she spends her time rediscovering monuments, bicycle touring, wearing costumes, and making electronic music.