Praised by the London and the New York Times as “an eccentric
rollercoaster ride through history,” JOHAN GRIMONPREZ’
film Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y (1997), —an exploration into the
annals of airplane hijacking, garnered ‘best director’
awards at the SAN FRANSISCO Film Festival and IMAGES TORONTO.
Since its acclaimed premiere at CENTRE GEORGES POMPIDOU (Paris)
and DOCUMENTA X (Kassel), the film has toured worldwide. The
DVD, accompanied by contributions from DON DELILLO and SLAVOJ
ZIZEK, is released by OTHER CINEMA (San Francisco), and in distribution
with FACETS/MULTIMEDIA (Chicago) and IMAGEFORUM (Tokyo).
Nominated for the HUGO BOSS AWARD 2005, Johan Grimonprez
is currently a faculty member at the SCHOOL OF VISUAL ARTS
(New York). Acquisitioned by Trio NBC Universal (New York),
ARTE TV (Germany/France), and Channel 4 (UK), his productions
traveled the main festival circuit from TELLURIDE, TOKYO to
BERLIN. Curatorial projects were host at major exhibitions
and museums worldwide such as the WHITNEY MUSEUM (New York)
and TATE MODERN (London); and amongst numerous collections
they reside at the CENTRE GEORGES POMPIDOU (Paris), the KANAZAWA
ART MUSEUM (Japan), and the NATIONALGALLERIE (Berlin). He
is published with Hatje/Cantz (Germany) and spends his time
between New York and Brussels.
In collaboration with ANNA SANDERS FILMS, (Paris), his production
company ZAP-O-MATIK, is currently launching “LOOKING
FOR ALFRED” (2006), a journey into the world of doppelgangers,
starring Ron Burrage, professional Hitchcock look-alike. A
first chapter premiered at the PHOTOGRAPHER’S GALLERY
(London) and the PALAIS DES BEAUX-ARTS (Brussels). Acclaimed
by the London Times, a.o., it won first price for the INTERNATIONAL
MEDIA AWARD 2005 (SWR / ZKM). The project was acquired by
the PINAKOTHEK DER MODERNE (Munich), where it will be part
of an upcoming retrospective in 2006.
A forthcoming project “ZUNK®” retraces the history
of HAPPY ENDINGS. Selected for the Rotterdam Cinemart 2003,
“ZUNK®” is now being developed at the MAURITS
BINGER FILM INSTITUTE (Amsterdam) with support of the FLEMISH
FILMFUND (VAF, Brussels). An exhibition of Johan Grimonprez
will be held at the Nederlands Institut voor Mediakunst Montevideo
Time Based Arts, Amsterdam in 2006.
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