Sensing Cities Ep. 12: a conversation with the creators of Love Box

Image courtesy of Sensing Cities

Image courtesy of Sensing Cities

In Episode 12,  I revisit an old recording made in 2010 during Conflux Festival in New York where I chatted with artists Sabine Gruffat and Bill Brown about Love Box, a participatory locative piece  based on a previous installment titled the Bike Box. The project focuses on the sexual politics of the East Village in Manhattan as the artists described. In our discussion we also talk among other topics about the challenges and possibilities of using such technologies for exploring the city. More like an informal conversation than an interview, the show also features sound-collages from samples of recordings and narratives featured in the projects.

The show will be broadcast on Friday 24th of January 2014 at 5:00pm to 5:30pm (repeated on Monday 27th at 1am) @ Resonance FM.

About the artists


B.1977, Bangkok, Thailand

Sabine Gruffat is a digital media artist living and working in North Carolina. She received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and MFA from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. Currently Sabine is an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Sabine’s films and videos have screened at festivals worldwide including the Image Forum Festival in Japan, the Split Film Festival in Croatia, the Ann Arbor Film Festival, the PDX Film Festival in Portland OR, The Copenhagen International Film Festival, Migrating Forms in New York, The Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago, and PS1/MOMA in New York.

Her photographs and installations have been shown at the Zolla Lieberman Gallery in Chicago, Art In General, Devotion Gallery, PS1 Contemporary Art Museum, and Hudson Franklin in New York. Her artwork is represented by the Linz Gallery in Paris.

Currently Sabine is producing a feature documentary about grassroots movements that have sprung up as a result of the economic crisis in Spain. She is also developing a new feature film project about the uncertain future of several major public and land art sites.


B.1969, Cleveland, OH. USA

Bill Brown is a filmmaker, writer and artist who lives in Chapel Hill, NC. He received his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts, and is currently a Lecturing Fellow in the Arts of the Moving Image Program as Duke University. His films have appeared at film festivals, museums, and galleries worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art and Lincoln Center in New York, and the Viennale, Rotterdam, London, Sundance, and SXSW Film Festivals. His travel zine, Dream Whip, is distributed by AK Press.


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