Johan Grimonprez

Still from "Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y"

1998

Film,

68 minutes

Winkleman gallery is very pleased to announce an evening with filmmaker Johan Grimonprez, whose seminal work “dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y” is being screened as part of the 5-week exhibition “Decalogue : Films You Can Count on Two Hands” organized by Eve Sussman. Please join us Thursday, April 8, at 6:00 sharp for brief introductory remarks by the filmmaker, a full screening of his acclaimed hijacking documentary, and a Q&A about the film.

dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y

A FILM BY JOHAN GRIMONPREZ

Excerpts from ‘Mao II’ & ‘White Noise’ by DON DELILLO
Music by DAVID SHEA

Exceptional for its juice, its jazzy, compelling fusion of social and esthetic issues, and its stomach churning power -The New York Times

A visceral impact, a sense of urgency and a wrenching emotional attack
-The Times, London

Each cut turns a screw deeper until your mind starts to hurt
-San Francisco Bay Guardian

An eccentric rollercaster ride through history -Time Out London

Historical, hysterical and hilarious! -De Morgen

Hypnotizing! -Los Angeles Times

Buckle up for a bumpy ride down history lane! Welcome to the world’s first unofficial chronicle of international skyjacking. This pre 9-11 documentary will take you on an alternately frisky and subversive tour of terrorism: from the idealistic heyday of the romantic hijacker in the 60’s, to the state-sponsored suitcase bombs of the 90’s. Blending archival footage with personal home-movies, this film investigates the media politics within the “imagination of disaster”. Inspired by Don DeLillo’s novel – Mao II -, it is a riff on his motif: ’Home is a failed idea”. Director Johan Grimonprez unwraps our complicity in the urge for ultimate disaster, as the spectacle of international terrorism threatens our domestic bliss. New York composer David Shea wrote the soundtrack to this eccentric rollercaster through history.

dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y premiered at the Museum of Modern Art, Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris). Acclaimed as the most exceptional entry at the International Art Exhibition Dokumenta X (Kassel), the film has since traveled internationally in numerous festivals, exhibits and broadcasts. The film was awarded the GOLDEN SPIRE at the San Francisco Film Festival, the DIRECTOR’S CHOICE at Images, Toronto, and made the official festival selection at Telluride, Rotterdam, New York, Tokyo, Berlin. Since then it has been broadcast on all major European television channels, and by NBC Universal in the US.

dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y resides currently in major museum collections: The Tate Modern, London; the National Museum of Modern Art, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; the Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg; The Lousianer Museum, Copenhagen; the Nationalgallerie im Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; SMAK, Stedelijk Museum voor Aktuele Kunst, Ghent, as well as other private collections.

dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y
by JOHAN GRIMONPREZ

Belgium-France, color & black/white, 68 min, stereo, dvd + digital betacam, 1997-2002

EXCERPTS from ‘Mao II’ and ‘White Noise’ by Don DeLillo
ORIGINAL MUSIC AND SAMPLE COLLAGE by David Shea
WRITTEN & DIRECTED by Johan Grimonprez
PRODUCTION: Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, New Media Department, Paris & Kunstencentrum STUC, Leuven
WITH THE SUPPORT OF:
Documenta X, Kassel
Klapstuk 97, Leuven
Fundación Provincial de Cultura, Diputación de Cádiz
The Fascinating Faces of Flanders
Ministry of the Flemish Community, Brussels.
PRODUCTION DVD: incident vzw & zapomatik.vzw

ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: English
TRANSLATIONS: French, Dutch, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Galician

Excerpts from White Noise (Don DeLillo, 1984-1985) and Mao II (Don DeLillo, 1991) are used by permission of the author and the Wallace Literary Agency Inc.

© Johan Grimonprez 1997/2002

Decalogue : Films You Can Count on Two Hands

Still from "Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y"

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