Artist Projects


Jem Cohen

As regional character disappears and corporate culture homogenizes our surroundings, it’s increasingly hard to tell where you are. In Chain, malls, theme parks, hotels, and corporate centers worldwide are joined into a monolithic “superlandscape” that shapes and circumscribes the lives of two women. One is a businesswoman studying the international theme park industry. The other is a young drifter, living and working illegally on the fringes of a shopping mall. The Chain projects have appeared in two forms: Chain X Three, a three-screen installation/movie, played at Eyebeam, the Walker Arts Center, MoMa’s Gramercy Theater, and Melbourne’s Screen Gallery. The second feature film version premiered in the Berlin Film Festival and was broadcast on ZDF/ARTE in Germany and France. It has also shown in festivals including Edinburgh, Vancouver, the Viennale, Cinematexas, and in New York at the Museum of Modern Art’s Premieres series.

Project Updates

  • 2010: Chain screens at Museum of Modern Art in New York as part of Creative Capital film festival

  • 2002: Chain is screened at Rotterdam International Film Festival

  • 2005: Chain is screened as part of Reel New York’s 10th anniversary at Hebrew Union College

  • 2006: Chain is screened at Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis

  • 2006: Chain is screened at IFC Theater in New York