“It’s a poor sort of memory that only works backwards.” On the work of Johan Grimonprez
This book brings together the most insightful dialogues and critiques on the work of Johan Grimonprez, whose work was exhibited at The Fruitmarket Gallery in Summer 2010. It includes assembles fragments of his film scripts for the very first time. Kobarweng or Where is Your Helicopter? strikes at the heart of what constitutes a bastard child of colonialism: the legacy of anthropological discourse. dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y unwraps the hidden dimensions of our mediatized culture in terms of the news spectacle and its cultivation of fear, oblivion, and catastrophe. Double Take uses the image of Alfred Hitchcock to navigate through disconcerting double images resulting from cinema and television, capitalism and communism, commercials and warfare. Maybe the Sky Is Really Green, and We’re Just Colorblind serves as sketchbook for Johan Grimonprez which he uses to expand on existing themes and explore new ones.
Edited by Johan Grimonprez, Benoit Detalle, texts by Herman Asselberghs, Catherine Bernard, Jorge Luis Borges, Chris Darke, Jodi Dean, Thomas Elsaesser, Johan Grimonprez, Asad Ismi, Alvin Lu, Tom McCarthy, Florence Montagnon, Dany Nobus, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Mark Peranson, Alexander Provan, John Rumbiak, Simon Taylor, Eben Wood, Slavoj Zizek, Vrääth Öhner, graphic design by Inge Ketelers.
Hardback: 352 pages, 21.2 x 15.5 x 2.7 cm
Published: Hatje Cantz, February 2011
P&P: £4.00 UK, £12.00 Europe, £16.00 Rest of World