… can also refer to the initiation of a reaction … relinking me back to a recent post on N.Klein’s essay Inside the Stomach of the Dragon: The Victory of the Entertainment Economy on reblog journal
Chain takes as its subject and setting the homogenised interzones of privately owned public space – shopping malls, hotel complexes, theme parks – that multinational corporations have remade in their own global-branded image, letting regional colour fade to a concrete grey. A hybrid of fiction and documentary, and a brilliantly discomfiting twist on the “location shoot”, Chain is also something of a Ballardian horror story.
|“I was trying to get a grip on the nature of globalisation, which is such a hazy, amorphous term,” says the Brooklyn-based 42-year-old, who shot Chain on 16mm film over seven years. (Guardian)|
A longer interview with the filmmaker has been published on cinemascope ..
.. the introduction of this article connects Jem Cohen’s style and obvious influences to Chris Marker’s La Jetée – this remarkable film which was just recently put into a relocating context of influences and names on a designobserver post.