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Johan Grimonprez «dial H-I-S-T-0-R-Y (excerpt)»

Johan Grimonprez «dial H-I-S-T-0-R-Y» | dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y
Belgium | 68' | Concept: Johan Grimonprez | Director: Johan Grimonprez | Music: David Shea | Edition / Production: Centre Georges Pompidou, MNAM, Paris / Kunstencentrum STUC, Leuven

 Johan Grimonprez
«dial H-I-S-T-0-R-Y»

«Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y» is a video film structured in two fifty-minute parts, presented in the form of an installation The guiding visual thread of the piece is the almost exhaustive chronology of airplane highjackings in the world. The soundtrack is constituted of a fictive narrative inspired by two Don DeLillo novels—«White Noise» and «Mao II»—which, for Grimonprez, «highlight the value of the spectacular in our catastrophe culture.» (...)
«Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y» blends photographic, electronic, and digital images, interspersing reportage shots, clips from science fiction films, found footage, and reconstituted scenes filmed by the artist. The work denounces the media spectacle and seeks to detect the impact of images on our feelings, our knowledge, our memory.
(source: Paul Sztulman, documenta X short guide)