Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y
  • exhibition catalogue
  • paper over boards issued without dust-jacket
  • offset-printed
  • sewn bound
  • black-and-white & color
  • 23 x 16.5 cm.
  • unpaginated
  • edition size unknown
  • unsigned and unnumbered
  • ISBN 9076855129

Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y

Johan Grimonprez, Slavoj Žižek, Don Delillo, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Vrääth Öhner

Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y


Artists' book / monograph on the documentary "dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y," a film by Johan Grimonpress, with an essay by Slavoj Žižek and additional texts by Don Delillo, Hans Ulrich Obrist, and Vrääth Öhner. Includes DVD of the film. "Buckle up for dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y, the acclaimed hijacking documentary that eerily foreshadowed 9-11. We meet the romantic skyjackers who fought their revolution 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 rollercoaster 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, to joy, to laughter and then again, fear.'" -- publisher's statement.

Ostfildern-Ruit / Brussels / Ghent, Germany / Belgium / Belgium: Hatje Cantz / Argos Editions / Zap-o-matik,
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