This evening will feature a wide-ranging selection of works, works-in-progress, and excerpts, which Cohen has stubbornly evaded identifying in detail. He will then discuss them with Holmgren and the audience. Suffice to say, there will be some surprises.
Jem Cohen has made over 60 films including the feature length projects, Museum Hours, Instrument, Chain, and Benjamin Smoke (with Peter Sillen). Short films include Lost Book Found, Little Flags, Night Scene New York, and the Gravity Hill Newsreels (documenting Occupy Wall Street). He also makes still photographs, installations, and shows of projected images with live soundtracks, including We Have an Anchor, which was included in the 2013 BAM Next Wave Series. His work is in collections including those of MoMA and the Whitney Museum and has been broadcast by PBS, Arte, the BBC, and the Sundance Channel. He’s had retrospectives at venues including London’s NFT, Buenos Aires Independent Film Fest, and Spain’s Punto de Vista, which published the monograph, Signal Fires: The Cinema of Jem Cohen, in 2010. He has collaborated extensively with musicians including Fugazi, Patti Smith, Terry Riley, Vic Chesnutt, Godspeed You Black Emperor!, R.E.M., DJ Rupture, Elliott Smith, Jim White, and the Ex. Cohen was extensively involved in overturning proposed restrictions on street photography in New York City.