Johan Grimonprez

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

About this artwork

The Belgian artist and filmmaker Johan Grimonprez came to prominence when this highly-acclaimed film-essay, ‘dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y’, was shown in 1997 at Documenta X. The work traces the history of airplane hijackings through archival images discovered during thorough archival research, televised images and quirky home movies. An exploration into media's mutating collusion with mass perception, and set against passages from Don DeLillo’s novels ‘Mao II’ and ‘White Noise’, this dizzying chronicle of airplane hijacking eerily foreshadowed the events of 9/11.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y + Inflight
  • date created:
    1997 - 2001
  • materials:
    Video, projection, colour and sound (stereo) and printed papers
  • measurements:
    Unconfirmed: dimensions variable
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
  • accession number:
    AR00085
  • gallery:
  • subject:
  • photographer:
    Johan Grimonprez
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Johan Grimonprez

Johan Grimonprez