Jem Cohen Retrospective
A real treat programmed by Gareth Evans: the Whitechapel Gallery, Barbican and Hackney Picturehouse are presenting a film and music season for the first comprehensive UK retrospective of Brooklyn-based filmmaker Jem Cohen (b. 1962) from 31 March to 28 May 2015. Whitechapel press release with full details here.
The season starts with a performance at the Barbican on 31 March. Tickets are selling fast here.
Whitechapel tickets here.
Hackney Picture House tickets here.
The Gravity Hill Newsreels are screening at The Whitechapel on 11 April. Jem has a vimeo site with the films here and, as a taster, here’s Gravity Hill Newsreel No. 1:
Time and Revolution
“Every conception of history is invariably accompanied by a certain experience of time that is implicit to it, conditions it, and thereby has to be elucidated. Similarly, every culture is first and foremost a particular experience of time, and no new culture is possible without an alteration in this experience. The original task of a genuine revolution, therefore, is never merely to ‘change the world, but also – and above all – to change time.”
Giorgo Agamben, Infancy and History: On the Destruction of Experience (quoted by Marquand Smith in his essay to accompany the exhibition How To Construct A Time Machine at MK Gallery)
Image: Jem Cohen, Still from Gravity Hill NEWSREEL No. 2, 2011
“To make things visible. This and nothing else.” Joseph Conrad.