Jem Cohen: Early Works


Collection: Single Artist Compilations

Tags: City, Experimental Film, History, Music, Photography, Poetry

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Jem Cohen:  Early Works

This compilation features several of Cohen’s pieces from the late 1980s and early 1990s: a paean to both the physical and mental aspects of the New York City landscape, an exploration of cinematic genres from narrative to music video, a sensual and romantic portrait of swimmers at a water hole, and a sound and image piece inspired by a telephone confession line.

Total running time 1:15:00.

Included Titles

This is a History of New York
A history of New York City from Prehistoric times through the Space Age, composed entirely from documentary street footage. "The richness of Cohen's vision is found in his haunting imagery and the perception that the thriving city of New York is...


Collection: Single Titles

Tags: architecture, city, experimental film, holiday

Jem Cohen
1989 | 31:50
Just Hold Still
In his New York City landscape, Cohen finds inspiration in disturbance. Looking to life for rhythm and to architecture for state of mind, he locates simple mysteries. Just Hold Still is comprised of an interconnected series of short works and...


Collection: Single Titles

Tags: architecture, experimental film, music, poetry

Jem Cohen
1991 | 10:00
Drink Deep
Drink Deep is a lyrical vision of friendship, hidden secrets, and desires. Cohen uses several types of film image to add texture to the layered composition. Beautiful shades of grey, silver, black and blue echo the water, reminiscent of early...


Collection: Single Titles

Tags: body, music

Black Hole Radio
"In the late 1980s I saw ads in New York for a telephone 'Confession Line'.  To call in and 'confess' was free; listening in incurred a by-the-minute charge. The soundtrack was built from a collection of these actual, anonymous calls. Adultery...


Collection: Single Titles

Tags: experimental film