Politics

2011
Jem Cohen, Gravity Hill Newsreels: Occupy Wall Street, No. 6

Newsreel footage of Occupy Wall Street protest home base at Zuccotti Park / Libery Square on October 24, 2011.  Newsreel captures a large General Assembly meeting and smaller working groups meeting in public atrium.

Director, Camera, Edit: Jem Cohen, Soundtrack music:  Guy Picciotto

This title is also available on Gravity Hill Newsreels: Occupy Wall Street, Series Two.

2011
Jem Cohen, Gravity Hill Newsreels: Occupy Wall Street, No. 7

 

Newsreel footage of Occupy Wall Street protest home base at Zuccotti Park / Libery Square on November 2, 2011.  Newsreel captures Iraq and Afghanistan War Veterans march and rally nad General Assembly guest speaker.

Director, Camera, Edit: Jem Cohen, Soundtrack music:  Guy Picciotto

This title is also available on Gravity Hill Newsreels: Occupy Wall Street, Series Two.

2011
Gravity Hill Newsreels: Occupy Wall Street, No. 8

Newsreel footage of Occupy Wall Street protest home base at Zuccotti Park / Libery Square on November 15 and 16, 2011. Newsreel captures police raid on the park and its aftermath.

2011
Jem Cohen, Gravity Hill Newsreels: Occupy Wall Street, No. 9

Newsreel footage of Occupy Wall Street protest home base at Zuccotti Park / Libery Square on November 17, 2011.  Newsreel captures the park on the morning of Occupy Wall Street Day of Action, two days after police raid on the encampement.

2011
Jem Cohen, Gravity Hill Newsreels: Occupy Wall Street, No. 1

Five short impressions of Occupy Wall Street, shot in New York during the Fall of 2011. 

Available for Exhibition, with Series Two.  Artist can consult on installation specifications.

2011
Jem Cohen, Gravity Hill Newsreels: Occupy Wall Street, Series One

Five short impressions of Occupy Wall Street, shot in New York during the Fall of 2011. 

AVAILABLE FOR EXHIBITION, WITH SERIES One.  ARTIST CAN CONSULT ON INSTALLATION SPECIFICATIONS.

2009
Great Man and Cinema

Kim Jong Il, the Stalinist David O. Selznick, runs the state film studio as a way of promoting his own and his father's cult of personality. The film's title, Great Man and Cinema, comes from a propaganda booklet filled with stories of how the Dear Leader has written, edited, produced and given acting advice in films for the last 40 years. This film succinctly synthesizes the Dear Leader's directing philosophy with his feelings toward the imperialist beast at his heels.

H2
2010
H2

Nurit Sharett visited the city of Hebron over the course of a year, teaching video art to a group of young Palestinian women. Over time the artist established firm relationships with three of her students and their families. The video documents everyday life in that microcosm, dissimilar to any other city.

1980
Lyn Blumenthal & Kate Horsfield, Hans Haacke: An Interview

Conceptual artist Hans Haacke’s two most notorious works took unsavory Manhattan real-estate dealing as their subject, which triggered the cancellation of his exhibition Real Time Social System at the Guggenheim Museum in 1971. With the conscientiousness of an investigative reporter, Haacke continues to scrutinize the rough edges between art and life.

2010
Oded Hirsch, Habaita (Home)

A collection of unidentified individuals is stuck together on a boat. Are they going home? Where is their home and why are they so silent? This short work takes a look at a displaced and uprooted community.

2001
Habit

Habit is an autobiographical documentary that follows the current history of the AIDS epidemic along dual trajectories: the efforts of South Africa’s leading AIDS activist group, the Treatment Action Campaign, struggling to gain access to AIDS drugs and the daily routine of the videomaker, a veteran AIDS activist in the U.S. who has been living with AIDS for more than ten years.

2007
Haute Surveillance

This video develops from a real event that took place during a theater seminar in the masters degree program at the University of Antioquia in Medellín, Columbia.  The seminar occurred during one of the university's worst periods of violence.  Two students in charge of a presentation on the life and work of French author Jean Genet decided to play a hoax on their fellow students - a hoax that involved an armed kidnapping.  Their idea was to perform the ethos of Genet's work rather than to represent it in a conventional way.

1970
Videofreex, Hells Angels with Sandy Alexander

In February 1970, the Freex visit the garage of the Hells Angels to informally discuss American politics and motorcycle maintenance. In this video, David Cort leads an extensive interview with the group’s president, Sandy Alexander.

2007
Hobbit Love is the Greatest Love

A desktop video in five parts that modestly propose ways of existing with or against history, politics.

#1. My Calling Card Proposes an updated version of Adrian Piper's "My Calling (Card) #1 (for Dinners and Cocktail Parties)."

#2. The True Legend of Stereo Stereo is made for dogs and blind people.

#3. Trauma in Retrospect Superimposes history and biography.

#4. Thusly Spaken Teaching Nietzsche to schoolchildren.

#5 The Fallen Applaud friends, the comedy is over.

2004
Brian Holmes: An Interview

In this interview, Brian Holmes, an influential art critic, activist and translator, discusses social forms of alienation, human ecologies of power, and the impact of technology on geopolitical social networks. Holmes reflects on his ongoing study of the ways in which the rhetoric of revolution has been institutionalized, as well as artists’ resistance to such cooption. For him, artists working in collectives have the potential to create a new artistic milieu that is not aligned with the dominant model of production. This argument is born out in his published collection of essays, Hieroglyphics of the Future (2003).