It's a Poor Sort of Memory that Only Works Backwards

S.M.A.K. presents the first Belgian retrospective by the filmmaker and artist Johan Grimonprez, entitledIt's a Poor Sort of Memory that Only Works Backwards: On Zapping, Close encounters, and the Commercial Break. In the course of several sections, Grimonprez brings his works face to face with contemporary and historical counterparts, some taken from the Internet. He enters into dialogue with the artists Roy Villevoye and Jan Dietvorst and also with other makers of film and television including Adam Curtis, Brian Springer, the Yes Men, Dr. John Mack and Adbusters. His constantly expanding ‘vlogging installation’ runs through the exhibition like a referential thread and, as a sort of artistic sketchbook, it offers an insight into the way Grimonprez broaches new topics and develops visual associations. On view at S.M.A.K. (Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst) in Ghent, Belgium until January 29, 2012.