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Johan grimonprez
Raymond Tallis | On Tickling
Experimental video | hdv | color | 8'0'' | Belgium / Netherlands | 2017
In this short film by Johan Grimonprez, philosopher/neurologist Raymond Tallis argues that consciousness is not an internal construct, but rather relational. Through the intriguing notion that humans are physically unable to tickle themselves, Tallis explores the philosophical notion that we become ourselves only through dialogue with others.
Multimedia artist, filmmaker, curator and writer, Grimonprez was born in Roeselare, Belgium in 1962. He studied Antropology, Photography & Mixed Media at the School of Arts, KASK, Ghent. He also attended the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in NYC. The artist now lives and works in Brussels, Belgium and New York. Grimonprez critically acclaimed 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 archeology of present-day media, his work seeks out the tension between the intimate and the bigger picture of globalization. It questions our contemporary reality, one framed by a fear industry that has infected political and social dialogue. By suggesting new narratives through which to tell a story, his work emphasizes a multiplicity of realities. His feature films include “dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y”(1997), “Double Take” (2009) and “Shadow World : Inside the Global Arms Trade” (2016). Traveling the main festival circuit from the Berlinale, Tribeca to Sundance, they garnered several Best Director awards, the 2005 ZKM International Media Award, a Spirit Award and the 2009 Black Pearl Award at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, and were also acquired by NBC Universal, ARTE, and BBC/FILM 4. “Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade ” went on to win the Best Documentary Feature Award at the 2016 Edinburgh International Film Festival, and the ‘Time of History Award’ for Best Documentary at the Semana Internacional de Cine de Valladolid. The documentary has also première its US broadcast on Independent Lens on PBS in autumn 2017. The multimedia artist’s installations and work in the plastic arts have been presented in numerous exhibitions held in prestigious institutions throughout the world, including the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich; and MoMA. His works are in the collections of Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa; and Tate Modern, London.