That line leads off Ed Halter’s Review of Jem Cohen’s Chain in the Village Voice. I think that sentiment accurately echoes one of the films more personal points. Chain feels especially poignant for me, living here in the Twin Cities metro, amongst some of the most widespread urban sprawl I have seen. (not to mention the original shopping mall) Through Jem’s poetic and beautiful imagery, Chain paints an incredible portrait of the modern world in the era of globalization.
Film/Video Assistant Curator Dean Otto interviewed Jem Cohen when Chain x 3 was installed at the Walker in 2003. Read that interview here.
Chain will play at the Walker Cinema on April. Get yr tickets here. Jem Cohen will be present. Jem will also take part in the Walker’s Contemporary Art in Converation series on April 27. He will discuss his work in conversation with musician Vic Chesnutt. The two of them will kick off the evening with an improvised film and music performance. It will be a unique and amazing experience for sure. Don’t miss it!