Johan Grimonprez

BOZAR - Centre for Fine Arts

Johan Grimonprez’s new project Looking for Alfred, which centers on Alfred Hitchcock, is a work in progress. What was shown at Bozar—the quasi-hip new name of the Palais des Beaux-Arts or Paleis voor Schone Kunsten, whose only redeeming feature is that it is the same in French and Flemish—was a six-minute video, dated 2004–2005, accompanied by footage and photos of casting sessions as well as storyboards. The casting sessions show the artist looking for the perfect Hitchcock look-alike and sound-alike; video footage of the sessions is overlaid with a Hitchcockian voice telling a version of the famous McGuffin anecdote. The first bit of the actual film, shot in the Palais des Beaux-Arts itself, is very different in style from the casting footage, and it takes a while to get used to its idiom: Hitchcock meets Magritte.

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