Johan Grimonprez

Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y + Inflight (1997 - 2001)

About this artwork

The Belgian artist and filmmaker Johan Grimonprez came to prominence when this highly-acclaimed film-essay, ‘dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y’, was shown in 1997 at Documenta X. The work traces the history of airplane hijackings through archival images discovered during thorough archival research, televised images and quirky home movies. An exploration into media's mutating collusion with mass perception, and set against passages from Don DeLillo’s novels ‘Mao II’ and ‘White Noise’, this dizzying chronicle of airplane hijacking eerily foreshadowed the events of 9/11.

  • title: Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y + Inflight
  • accession number: AR00085
  • artist: Johan GrimonprezBelgian (born 1962)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Installation
  • subject: Video Art The media
  • medium: Embossed paper in frame
  • date created: 1997 - 2001
  • measurements: Unconfirmed: dimensions variable
  • credit line: ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
  • copyright: © Johan Grimonprez.
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Johan Grimonprez

Johan Grimonprez

Born in Belgium, Grimonprez studied Photography and Mixed Media at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gent before travelling to the United States to study at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Graduating in 1992, the following year he attended the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. As a young artist Grimonprez came to prominence with his highly acclaimed film essay ‘dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y’ in 1997. Grimonprez’s work balances on the borders of art and cinema, documentary and fiction, practice and theory. Informed by an archaeology of present-day media, his work seeks out the tension between the intimate and the bigger picture of globalisation. Suggesting new narratives through which to tell a story, his work emphasizes a multiplicity of histories and realities.