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Chain X Three
Chain X Three(2002) three channel, synchronized video installation (16mm film on dvd, 5:1 sound; 40 minutes)
In Chain X Three, malls, highways, franchises and corporate centers across the globe are joined into a "superlandscape." These indeterminate sites, shot over six years in locations ranging from Florida and Dallas to Berlin and Melbourne, are presented in a panoramic triptych. Documentary merges with hints of narrative as voices and current events filter into the landscapes. Chain includes original music created and performed by Montreals Godspeed You Black Emperor! This installation is the first release in a continuing series of connected Chain projects, which will culminate in a feature film.
Chain is a project of Gravity Hill Films. The Chain installation is co-presented by Eyebeam and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) with support from Creative Capital Foundation, ACMI, the Guggenheim Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, Antidote Films and Next Wednesday Productions. Camera/Edit: Jem Cohen; Assistant and Co-editor: Lynn True; Music/Sounds: Godspeed You Black Emperor!, T.Griffin.
Cohen works in film, video, and installation. Benjamin Smoke premiered at the 2000 Berlin Film Festival and was released theatrically in the U.S. and Europe. Instrument, a documentary made with the band, Fugazi, was chosen for the Whitney Biennial 2000. Previous films include: Lost Book Found, Little Flags, and Amber City. Cohen has worked extensively with musicians including Vic Chesnutt, R.E.M., Elliott Smith, Sparklehorse, Cat Power, Blonde Redhead, Patti Smith, and the Orpheus Orchestra with Gil Shaham. His works have been broadcast by the BBC, PBS, and The Sundance Channel, and are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art (NY) and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Cohen is a Guggenheim and Rockefeller Fellow.