HISK, Auditorium, Charles de Kerchovelaan 187a, 9000, Gent
HISK OPEN LECTURE
Paranoia's the garlic in life's kitchen (Thomas Pynchon)
The lecture is free but the number of places is limited, please RSVP at email@example.com
Elena Sorokina, curator of the HISK, is inviting Johan Grimonprez for an open lecture.
Who owns our imagination in a world of existential vertigo where truth has become a shipwrecked refugee? Is it not the storyteller who can contain contradictions, who can slip between the languages we have been given and who can become a time-traveler of the imagination? Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano once coined that we are not made of atoms as scientists say, but that we are actually made of stories. Stories is what holds us together, or tears us apart, shaping our very idea of belonging. Ironically writer Maurice Blanchot called language an act of murder, because naming things would be identical to killing them. But novelist Alfred Döblin claims exactly the opposite: language, he says, is a form of loving others, language lets us know why we are together. But maybe a more pertinent depiction is Vietnamese filmmaker Trin-Min Ha’s idea of language as a 'leaking boat'. A lifeboat we are all stuck on together. It’s the disappearing meeting place, but also the same dire biosphere we all share. I often think we live in a society deprived of something essential, not even aware of what we actually miss, since we lack the stories and concepts. It’s not dissimilar to the final scene of J.-L. Godard’s film Alphaville, which depicts a society in which every word relating to the idea of love is banned at the threat of a death sentence. And actress Anna Karina, in love with the protagonist, is searching to express her feelings but doesn’t find the words, as the idea of love is foreign to her, she never learned its concept.
Every Day Words Disappear
11 November - 16 December 2018
Opening: Sunday 11 November 2018, 14:00
Kristof De Clercq gallery, Tichelrei 82, 9000 Gent.
website Johan Grimonprez
Johan Grimonprez films
kiss-o-drome (fragment from SHADOW WORLD, story written and read by Eduardo Galeanoz)
1997, dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y, Johan Grimonprez
2005, Looking for Alfred, Johan Grimonprez
2011, today Maybe the sky is really green, and we're just colorblind, Johan Grimonprez
2018, Detour, Johan Grimonprez
2019, A walking library, all memory is theft, Johan Grimonprez