Besmette Stad

Johan Grimonprez

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


Besmette Stad features works by 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.

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.

Video-Guerrilleros by Paul Garrin, 2 min
Fragment from
Man with a Video Camera.

Topic II, fragment 1 by Pascal Baes

02. Smell the flowers while you can
by Johan Grimonprez, 3 min

Based on
No Longer Readymade by Meg Stuart. With excerpts from Close to the Knives: A Memoir of Disintegration (Vintage, 1991) by David Wojnarowicz.
directed by Johan Grimonprez
performed by Benoît Lachambre & Meg Stuart
music Hahn Rowe
voice Michael Sears
camera Carlos Akwaaka Mullins
editing Rachel Lamisse

Topic II, fragment 2 by Pascal Baes

03. Comment filmer Molenbeek?
Super-8 workshop in Molenbeek by Franciska Lambrechts
directed by Johan Grimonprez
films by workshop participants

Topic II, fragment 3 by Pascal Baes

04. 's Dinsdags (Tuesdays...) by Alison Murray, 3 min
compilation from a work by Murray entitled
Kissy Suzuki Suck

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