The revolution must (not) be advertised.
The Players vs. Ángeles Caídos, the discourse of advertising, and the limits of political modernism


Greg Cohen

Greg Cohen (http://reasarch.com) is an artist, curator, and scholar of visual culture with a particular focus on moving-image media. His research, both academic and artistic, draws on a range of intellectual and aesthetic interests, from experimental cinema to appropriation art; from landscape theory and aesthetic philosophy to cultural memory and experimental archives; and from the history and theory of architecture to the intersections of post-war avant-garde art and radical politics. Cohen earned his Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures from Harvard University in 2008, specializing in Latin American cultural studies, a field that continues to inform his work. Before joining the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Program in Cinema and Media Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, Cohen was Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at UCLA from 2008 to 2010

Cohen’s video work has screened recently at the 7th Videoholica International Festival of Video Art in Varna, Bulgaria, and at the 6th Cairo Video Festival, Medrar for Contemporary Art, in Cairo, Egypt. His experimental photography was selected for the 2013 International Juried Competition, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art (LACDA), with new work in this vein recently selected for LACDA’s latest “Electron Salon” group show. From October 2012 to April 2013, Cohen was Visualist-in-Residence at the Institute of Cultural Inquiry in Los Angeles, where he developed his ongoing project, The Valaco Archive, an experimental, multidisciplinary, speculative archive, parts of which are on view at http://valacoarchive.com

He is also a poet whose writing has appeared in journals such as Annetna Nepo, E-ratio, and Anti- Poetry Journal.

Cohen currently serves as an Associate Programmer for Los Angeles Filmforum, Southern California’s longest-running screening series for experimental and alternative film and video. He is also Co-Curator of The Festival of (In)appropriation, an annual, international showcase of experimental found-footage film and video, now in its seventh edition.