Jem Cohen

Date(s) - Apr 04

Independent Film
Jem Cohen on Museum Hours

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The Mona Bismarck American Center is proud to have participated in the 11th edition of the Sonic Protest Festival, with American filmmaker Jem Cohen presenting his film Museum Hours.
Jem Cohen introduced the film before it screens and participated to a Q&A with the audience. The film explores the influence of art on life, culture, and the world through the relationship between a museum guard and a high-profile frequenter of the Kunsthistorisches Art Museum in Vienna.

Jem Cohen
Jem Cohen, now based in New York City, was born in 1962 in Kabul, Afghanistan. With a degree in film and photography from Wesleyan University (1984), Cohen has received the Guggenheim Fellowship (2001), Alpert Award in the Arts (2005), Creative Capital grant (2000), and the Independent Spirit Award for feature filmmaking (2005). He is especially known for his observational portraits of urban landscapes and his blending of media formats and collaborations with musical artists. He has worked with musical artists such as Patti Smith, Fugazi, Vic Chesnutt and R.E.M.
His films are in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Modern Art. They have been broadcast by PBS, Arte, and the Sundance Channel.

Museum Hours
When Johann, a guard at Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum, meets Anne, a foreign visitor who takes refuge in the museum, the relationship sparks a reflection on life, Vienna, and art’s global influence. Ultimately an ode to the bonds of friendship, Museum Hours brings the viewer through the unseen gems of an old city and the history of cultural creation.

Sonic Protest Festival
Conceived in 2003 by Arnaud Rivière, the Sonic Protest Festival programs avant-garde, adventurous, contemporary, and improvised music for Parisian crowds. By bringing the underground sounds from the outskirts of the music world to venues ranging from the Palais de Tokyo to the Centre 104, Sonic Protest provides its participants (performers and visitors) with a unique experience.

Photos: (c) Sophia Pagan Photography

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