CULTURAL AUTOPSY 9
TO BOLDLY GO WHERE NO ONE HAS GONE BEFORE
Location: Filmtheater ‘t Hoogt
Two journeys through time. Recollections of memorable encounters between customs and traditions that differ greatly.
Un Chien Délicieux
KEN FEINGOLD (USA 1991, VIDEO, 19:00 MIN)
An ironic questioning of the notion of truth and objectivity in the visual-anthropological tradition and a conscious blurring of the boundaries between documentary and fiction. A Burmese man tells about his meeting with Andre Breton and the dog he cooked for him.
BOB CONNOLLY & ROBIN ANDERSON (AUSTRALIA 1983, 16 MM, 58:00 MIN)
Australian filmmakers Bob Connolly and Robin Anderson travel to the isolated mountain valleys of Papua New Guinea to offer Highland aborigines a glimpse of their tribal ancestors. The filmmakers bring back-and-white footage taken in the valleys 50 years earlier by the Leahy brothers, white prospectors who exploited the land and its people. The aborigines are amazed by the images they see on screen: “We’ll keep this picture for every generation to see.” says a grateful tribesman, “so they can say that’s us.”
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.