|Image: Chain Times Three|
As regional character disappears and corporate culture homogenizes our surroundings, landscapes from L.A. to New Jersey, Vancouver to Melbourne, share a strange indeterminate quality.
Chain is a multi-screen installation where this global, 'superlandscape' sets the scene for a series of linked moments suspended between documentary and fiction. Chain explores the effects on humans of an altered environment made not only of architecture and geography, but also the shift in economic and social horizons brought on by the increasing commercialism and surveillance that mark the 'Age of Information'.
New York filmmaker Jem Cohen's prizewinning work includes Amber City (1999), Lost Book Found (1996), Instrument (1999), with the band Fugazi, and Buried in Light (1995). His work is marked by a blurring of the distinctions between documentary, narrative and experimental genres. Cohen was in residence with ACMI during 2000 where the idea for this project was developed.