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 2/11, 7pm-9pm
dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y (1997, 68’)
directed by Johan Grimonprez
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presentation by S!gnal, Center for Contemporary Art
Tuesday 3/11, 7pm-9.30pm
every day words disappear: Michael Hardt on the politics of love (2016, 15´)
directed by Johan Grimonprez
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Alphaville (1965, 99’)
directed by Jean-Luc Godard

Wednesday 4/11, 7pm-9pm
Double Take (2009, 80’)
directed by Johan Grimonprez
written by Tom McCarthy
Thursday 5/11, 7pm-9.30pm
The Birds (1963, 120’)
directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Monday 9/11, 7pm-9pm
Towers Open Fire (1963, 10’)
directed by Antony Balch
written by and featuring William Burroughs
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dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y (1997) [ENCORE]
directed by Johan Grimonprez
Tuesday 10/11 7pm-9.30
Full Metal Jacket (1987, 116’)
directed by Stanley Kubrick

Wednesday 11/11 7pm-9pm
Raymond Tallis: on tickling (2017, 8’) + Three Thoughts on Terror (2018, 5’) + Blue Orchids (2017, 48’)
directed by Johan Grimonprez
Thursday 12/11, 7pm-9.30pm
Shadow world (2016, 94’)
directed by Johan Grimonprez
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conversation with Andrew Feinstein

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