The Films of Johan Grimonprez will be Presented at the 25th IPSA World Congress

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The films of prominent director Johan Grimonprez will be presented daily at the 25th IPSA World Congress of Political Science under the title “Docos for Politicos: The Illegal We do Immediately, the Unconstitutional Takes a Little Longer”. Each Movie Sessions, chaired by Prof. James Der Derian, will be followed by a Q&A session with the participation of Johan Grimonprez and  discussants. 

Movie Session 1 (Sunday, July 22, 11:00 to 12:45):

  • Besmette Stad, (1994/2007, 18min)
  • dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y (1997, 68min)

Discussants: Johan Grimonprez, Prof. Theo Farrell, Prof. Colin Wight

Movie Session 2 (Monday, July 23, 11:00 to 12:45):

  • Lost Nation, (1999, 19min)
  • Double Take, (2009, 80min)

Discussants:  Johan Grimonprez, Brendon OConnor, Sebastian Kaempf

Movie Session 3 (Tuesday, July 24, 11:00 to 12:45)

  • What I Will, (2013, 1min)
  • Shadow World, (2016, 94 min)

Discussants: Johan Grimonprez, Dr. Sarah Percy, Prof. Terrell Carver

Movie Session 4 (Wednesday, July 25, 11:00 to 12:45):

  • Every Day Words Disappear - Michael Hardt on the Politics of Love, (2016, 15min)
  • Zombie Ontology featuring James Der Derian (2016, 1min30)
  • Kiss-o-Drome (2016, 1min16)
  • Blue Orchids (2017, 48min)

Discussants: Johan Grimonprez, Prof. Tim Dunne, Prof. Roland Bleiker


Johan Grimonprez
Johan Grimonprez’s 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 sublime, 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.

Grimonprez's curatorial projects have been exhibited at museums worldwide, 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. His feature films include dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y (1997) and Double Take (2009) and Shadow World (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.

He published several books, including Inflight (2000), Looking for Alfred (2007) and a reader titled It's a Poor Sort of Memory that Only Works Backwards (2011) with contributions by Jodi Dean, Thomas Elsaesser, Tom McCarthy, Hans Ulrich Obrist, and Slavoj Žižek.

He lectured widely, among others at the University de Saint-Denis (Paris 8), Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University's Institute of Politics; Tate Modern; MoMA (New York); Columbia University; Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); the Parliament of Bodies of Documenta 14, and he participated in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program (New York).

His recent film project (with investigative journalist Andrew Feinstein), Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade, awarded a production grant from the Sundance Institute, premiered at the 2016 Tribeca IFF (New York). It went on to win the Best Documentary Feature Award at the 2016 Edinburgh International Film Festival, and will premiere its US broadcast on Independent Lens on PBS in autumn 2017. His artwork is represented by the Sean Kelly Gallery (New York), and the gallerie kamel mennour (Paris).

For more information, please visit Johan Grimonprez's website