In NYC Weights and Measures, Jem Cohen chronicles a city that exudes noise and bustle, but is balanced with beauty and tranquility.
In NYC Weights and Measures (2006), Jem Cohen chronicles a city that exudes noise and bustle, balanced with beauty and tranquility. A compendium of street footage, the video shows a ticker-tape parade, street musicians, the subways… life above and under ground. Cohen writes, “Sometimes I just wander around with my camera—I like to see what comes around the corner, and sometimes I just like the corner itself.”
Cohen has worked extensively with musicians including Godspeed You Black Emperor!, Fugazi, Vic Chesnutt, the Ex, Terry Riley, Elliott Smith, R.E.M., Sparklehorse, and the Orpheus Orchestra.
Cohen’s Lost Book Found (1996) was featured at the Jewish Museum in 2004 as part of the exhibition Urban Eden: Three Videos by New York Artists.