The Passage Clock: For Walter Benjamin

Jem Cohen

2008 | 00:10:00 | United States | English | Color | Stereo | 4:3 | Video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Artist Spaces, Experimental Film, Literature

An homage to Walter Benjamin and other time-traveling artists and expatriates that have inspired me, especially Chris Marker. Benjamin, fleeing from fascism in the 1930s, took refuge in Paris where Biblioteque Nacional became his home away from home. In this library, a sanctuary made of books, he eventually left a secret copy of much of what remains of his Arcades Project, Das Passagen-Werk.  Much of the narration for the film came from a chance operation or literary cut-up exercise done with Patti Smith, using dictionary definitions of the word "passage" which I later edited and augmented with text of my own.

--Jem Cohen

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Exhibitions + Festivals

Athens International Film and Video Festival, Ohio, 2011

Seoul International Film Festival, 2011

Dallas Videofest, 2010