From January 15 to April 2, 2011 – Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston
Johan Grimonprez achieved international acclaim with his film essay, Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y (1997), which premiered at the Centre Pompidou and Documenta X in Kassel in 1997, followed by Looking for Alfred (2005), which won the International Media Award (Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe, Germany) in 2005 and the European Media Award in 2006, and Double Take in 2009. As a product of a sophisticated generation brought up on a diet of television and homemade video, Grimonprez mixes reality and fiction in an innovative fashion and presents contemporary history in a multi-perspectival context, readily open to manipulation. The point of departure for Grimonprez’s work is the retelling of post-World War II history through the lens of technological progress and invention. He pays particular attention to the influence and consequence of the introduction and dissemination of new media ranging from film to video to digital image and sound recording on the one hand, and from theatre to television, to on-demand viewing at home and on the internet on the other. Coinciding with the recent release of Double Take, Blaffer Art Museum presents all three of the aforementioned works as well as Kobarweng or Where is you Helicopter? (1992), It will be all right if you come again, only next time, don’t bring any gear, except a tea kettle… (1994/2003), and the ongoing projectMaybe the Sky Is Really Green and We’re Just Colorblind. Presented as a ‘You-Tube-o-Theque/Petroteque’ and composed of found materials drawn from the internet, cell phone videos and online television, this compilation of clips to be browsed on demand is both a joyful affirmation of global disengagement as well as the catalyst of effervescent criticism, best described as a platform for temporary disobedience.