Co-presented with RMIT University

24 Hour Rock Show

Jeremy Deller

  • Music
  • Film
  • Free
  • Dancing
  • Sitting
Wheelchair AccessibleWheelchair Access

Saddle up for a free 24-hour marathon of music documentaries that cling to their subjects tight, like stale jeans.

In 2015, British artist Jeremy Deller selected 24 consecutive hours' worth of music documentaries in Finland. Obscure gems screened alongside cult classics about the Rolling Stones, Björk and David Bowie, as well as films that went ankle deep into iconic festivals like Wattstax and Glastonbury. These were missives from the moment made by directors unafraid to do things like follow Johnny Cash to death row or let the camera linger on members of the Hell’s Angels having a bad trip at Altamont.

At the time, Deller wrote, “rock history and world history are intertwined and sometimes they meet... I’m looking for the transformational thing rock music did”.

It’s almost 10 years later. World history accelerates and music continues to be a prophecy, showing us a new way to be. So for RISING, Deller is reprising the 24 Hour Rock Show in the Capitol. No Bono on a funky couch, musicologists pontificating or talking heads waxing nostalgic. Just live music, raw and in the moment, beaming out big for a bender’s worth of time.

Drop in, drop out, or settle in for the full 24 hours.

View the 24 Hour Rock Show film lineup in the Session Details.

Rock music is an art form that grew up in public.
— Jeremy Deller

Artistic Team

RISING Associate Producer

Olive Gilbert

RISING Senior Curator

Grace Herbert

RISING Artistic Director

Hannah Fox

Music extraordinaire (RMIT University)

Jenny Branigan


Originally produced by IHME Contemporary Art Festival, Helsinki, Finland in 2015.
Supported by RMIT University.

Image Credits

Heavy Metal Parking Lot, 1986, by John Heyn and Jeff Krulik