Hammer Museum

Johan Grimonprez

12 - 24 Feb 2008

Johan Grimonprez
Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y
February 12 - February 24, 2008

Directed by current artist-in-residence Johan Grimonprez, the video Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y is a unique chronicle of airplane hijackings up until 1997, the year the film was released. Made from a wealth of found footage including television coverage of hijackings, various propaganda films, cartoon clips, and training videos, the piece explores the history of the past thirty years with a focus on the revolutionary impulse and the increasing prevalence of media in our daily lives. These clips are combined with passages read from Don DeLillo's novels White Noise and Mao II addressing the authorship of history, turning our attention to the ways in which we encounter and interpret the events of our time. Running time 68 minutes; DVD.

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