CULTURAL AUTOPSY 7
READ MY LIPS !
Location: Filmtheater ‘t Hoogt
About newcomers and their good intentions.
DON FEATHERSTONE (AUSTRALIA 1986, VIDEO, 30:00 MIN)
Babakiueria (“Barbecue Area”) is light-hearted satire that reverses the roles and shows how a fleet of aboriginals settles in an area inhabited by white natives.
Farewell, Good Brothers
ROBERT STONE (USA 1992, 16MM, 77:00 MIN)
Interviews with the first generation of modern American UFO contactees, who in the 1940’s preached the coming age of enlightenment and peace under the guidance of the beneficent space brothers. They had to retreat to being the keepers of obscure inventions, religions, and instruction manuals when their good news was ignored by a less mature public that was more interested in monsters and hysteria.
Johan Grimonprez― Curator
Johan Grimonprez (Belgium, 1962) studied at the School of Visual Arts and attended the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in New York. Grimonprez's 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, framed by a fear industry that has infected political and social dialogue. By suggesting new narratives through which to tell a story, his work emphasises a multiplicity of histories and realities. He achieved international acclaim with his film essay dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y at Documenta X in Kassel, Germany, in 1997, which eerily foreshadowed the tragic events of September 11th in New York. His films have been included in prestigious film festivals around the globe, including New York, Edinburgh, Telluride, Los Angeles, Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo and Berlin.