The films of Johan Grimonprez
A clip from dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y, the first long feature film by multimedia artist Johan Grimonprez, presents an unsettling message: “STUDY REVEALS: DOG LOVERS LIVE LONGER THAN CAT LOVERS”. As a decontextualized piece of information, it could be retweeted, transformed into a Facebook status, a banner, a t-shirt print. We don’t know if that particular study has actually been conducted (even though a quick Google search shows that the dog lover vs. cat lover controversy is the focus of a recurrent debate on the internet). It doesn’t matter. In the context of the film, that message seems to surreptitiously intertwine love and death. Johan Grimonprez often pays attention to those morbid links, which take place in the moment when violence is commodified, politics become a mere spectacle, and the sound of falling bombs ends up functioning as white noise.
This program is dedicated to Grimonprez’ work with moving images, and the intertextual journeys that those images hint. His filmography represents an important aspect of a practice that encompasses art installations and essays, curating and publishing. As every facet of his production, these films showcase Grimonprez’ anthropological take on contemporary society: an always critical, at times playful depiction of media-saturated capitalism.
Monday 26/10, 7pm-9pm
Tuesday 27/10, 7pm-9.30pm
Wednesday 28/10, 7pm-9pm
Thursday 29/10, 7pm-9.30pm
Monday 2/11, 7pm-9pm
Tuesday 3/11 7pm-9.30
Wednesday 4/11 7pm-9pm
Thursday 5/11, 7pm-9.30pm
DOG LOVERS LIVE LONGER THAN CAT LOVERS is arranged by Jari Malta in collaboration with Föreningen Film i Malmö.
Special thanks to our friends at S!gnal, Center for Contemporary Art for their generosity, not letting this invitation become just a missed call. Also to Andrew Feinstein, who actively engaged with this program, and to Ubuweb, for making Towers Open Fire accessible. And, of course, to Johan Grimonprez and Daan Milius from Zapomatik, for the great work and for making this possible.
If you want to dig more into Grimonprez’ work, check out his website http://johangrimonprez.be