Besmette Stad

Johan Grimonprez

1994, 18:00 minutes, colour, French, English, with Dutch, English subtitles


Upon invitation by the Belgian TV program Ziggurat, Johan Grimonprez portrays the urban landscape of Brussels as a 'state of mind'. This short film zooms in on the interaction between film, performance, dance and literature during the festival Besmette Stad |The Infected City, organized by the Beursschouwburg. It features video-guerrillero Paul Garrin, choreographer Meg Stuart, filmmaker Pascal Baes, performance artist Alison Murray, and participants of a filmmakers’ workshop in Molenbeek, initiated by Francisca Lambrechts.

01. Video-Guerrilleros


fragment from 'Man with a Video Camera' 
 by Paul Garrin, 2min

Topic II by Pascal Baes, fragment 1

02. Smell the flowers while you can

based on 'No Longer Readymade' by Meg Stuart, 3min directed by Johan Grimonprez
 performed by Benoît Lachambre & Meg Stuart

with excerpts from 'Close to the Knives: A Memoir of Disintegration' (Vintage, 1991)

by David Wojnarowicz

music Hahn Rowe

voice Michael Sears

camera Carlos Akwaaka Mullins

editing Rachel Lamisse

Topic II by Pascal Baes, fragment 2

03. Comment filmer Molenbeek?

Super-8 workshop in Molenbeek by Franciska Lambrechts

directed by Johan Grimonprez

films by workshop participants

Topic II by Pascal Baes, fragment 3

04. Tuesdays...

compilation from 'Kissy Suzuki Suck' by Alison Murray, 3min

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