18 April 2014
AIRspace & Golden Harvest Industries are pleased to present a one off screening of dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y.
Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y is the work of acclaimed Belgian multimedia artist Johan Grimonprez, first shown in 1997 at Documenta X, it is a hijacking documentary that eerily foreshadowed 9-11. We meet the romantic skyjackers who fought their revolutions and won airtime on the passenger planes of the 1960s. By the 1990s, such characters apparently are no more, replaced on our TV screens by stories of state-sponsored suitcase bombs.
Director Johan Grimonprez investigates the politics behind this change, at the same time unwrapping our own complicity in the urge for ultimate disaster. Playing on Don DeLillo’s riff in the novel MAO II: ‘what terrorists gain, novelists lose’ and ‘home is a failed idea’, he blends archive hijackings with surreal and banal themes including fast food, pet statistics, disco and his quirky home movies.
David Shea wrote the superb soundtrack to this roller coaster through history, best described in the words of one hijacked
Pepsi executive as: “running the gamut of many emotions: from surprise to shock, to fear, to joy, to laughter and then again, fear.”
1997, Belgium-France, digital beta cam, color & black/white, 68 min, stereo
Shown with the permission of Johan Grimonprez
AIRspace, Duke St, Tate Hoax Liverpool
Bar serving booze and popcorn