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Lost Book Found

Jem Cohen

USA, 1996
37 minutes, Colour, sound
Available formats: DVD / Digibeta tape / SD Digital file

Lost Book Found organises documentary street footage into a meditation on city life. Over five years worth of collected images are used to evoke a mysterious notebook filled with obsessive listings of places, objects and incidents. These listings serve as the key to a hidden city. It is a city of unconsidered geographies and layered artifacts – the relics of low-level capitalism and the debris of countless forgotten narratives. The project was influenced by the work of Walter Benjamin as well as Cohen’s first job, selling Italian ices on Canal Street.