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Now (After Empire Remix)

Herman Asselberghs

video, color, 16:9, English spoken, BE, 2021, 18’

In 2010 in After Empire, Herman Asselberghs suggested an alternative for the iconic image that collective memory should keep as the quintessential moment of contemporary history: instead of two towers collapsing in the middle of Manhattan, the worldwide anti-war demonstration of February 15, 2003. Today, a decade after the film, two decades after 9/11 and many marches all over the globe later, the filmmaker presents a remix version of the original 50 minute-film by editing part of the initial images with a new, contemporary soundtrack by Simon Halsberghe & Wiet Lengeler.

After Empire was originally written by Herman Asselberghs and Dieter Lesage, edited by Fairuz, scored by Els Viaene, sound designed by Boris Debackere and spoken by Claude Wampler.

A book version of After Empire by Herman Asselberghs & Dieter Lesage was designed by garage64.

At the invitation by after the butcher (Berlin) the remix version is produced by Auguste Orts to premiere at The Few, The Many, a duo exhibition with Bernadette Van-Huy and Herman Asselberghs. The filmmaker thanks Ina Wudtke, Thomas Killper, Dieter Lesage, Boris Belay, Marie Logie and Simon & Wiet.

Soundtrack Simon Halsberghe & Wiet Lengeler
Technical assistance Boris Belay
Produced by Auguste Orts
With the support of after the butcher (Berlin)