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Still from LOOKING for ALFRED, 2005, by Johan Grimonprez Courtesy of Zapomatik / Film & Video Umbrella
Still from LOOKING for ALFRED, 2005, by Johan Grimonprez Courtesy of Zapomatik / Film & Video Umbrella

April 13, 2016, 6:00 pm


Preceding the lecture at 2:30 pm, the “Advanced Video and Related Media” class will host public screening four of Johan Grimonprez’s acclaimed films in the Bartos Theater E15-070

Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y: 1997, 68mins.

From SATIN ISLAND: a collaboration with British author and artist Tom McCarthy; 2015, 3 mins.

Every Day Words Disappear: Michael Hardt on the Politics of Love, 2016, 15 mins.

What I Will: A Collaboration with poet Suheir Hammad, 2013, 1 min.


Johan Grimonprez, is a critically acclaimed filmmaker, multimedia artist, and curator. His work dances on the borders of practice and theory, art and cinema, documentary and fiction, demanding a double take on the part of the viewer.

Informed by an archaeology of present-day media, his work seeks out the tension between the intimate and the bigger picture of globalization. It questions our contemporary sublime, one framed by a fear industry that has infected political and social dialogue. By suggesting new narratives through which to tell a story, his work emphasizes a multiplicity of histories and realties.

Grimonprez‘s curatorial projects have been exhibited at museums worldwide, including the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich; and MoMA. His works are in the collections of Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa; and Tate Modern, London. His feature films include dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y (1997) and Double Take (2009). Traveling the main festival circuit from the Berlinale to Sundance, they garnered several Best Director awards, the 2005 ZKM International Media Award, a Spirit Award and the 2009 Black Pearl Award at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, and were also acquired by NBC Universal, ARTE, and BBC/FILM 4.

On Radical Ecology, commissioned by the Flemish Government Architect, approaches the themes of ecology and sustainability from a broader, social angle. To navigate this vlog (video blog) it is broken down into six different categories: 1) Biotecture, 2) Guerrilla Gardening, 3) Transition World, 4) Radical Ecology, 5) Off The Grid and 6) Education. The vlog aims merely at being a tool for a variety of interested parties, who are increasingly challenged by ecological questions.