Department: Spanish and Portuguese
5310 Rolfe Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1532
Campus mailcode: 951532
Keywords: Film, Brazil, Argentina
Greg Cohen is an artist, curator, and scholar of visual culture with a particular focus on moving-image and photographic media. His diverse research interests, both academic and artistic, include experimental cinema and appropriation art; landscape theory and aesthetic philosophy; cultural memory and experimental archives; the history and theory of architecture and urbanism; and 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, where he specialized in Latin American cultural studies, with a particular focus on Argentina and Brazil. Before joining the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Cohen was Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at UCLA (2008-2010). From 2010-2015, he also taught in the Department of Film, Television, and Digital Media, in UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television.
Cohen’s work in video, photography, multi-media installation, and performance has been exhibited nationally and internationally, in a variety of contexts and institutions, including Salon 02_Plan, UCLA Urban Humanities Initiative; Columbia Global Centers-Paris; the Institute of Cultural Inquiry in Los Angeles; the Real Colegio Complutense at Harvard University; the Videoholica International Festival of Video Art in Varna, Bulgaria; the Cairo Video Festival, Medrar for Contemporary Art, Egypt; Radical Archives, New York University; and the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art (LACDA). As a founding associate of the Group for Research on Experimental Accumulation and Speculative Archives (REASArch), Cohen is also the creator of several ongoing, multi-media, visual research projects. These include Grupo Anarquitectura (rama argentina) and The Valaco Archive (featured in issue 6 of Limn magazine).
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. In addition, he has served since 2012 as Co-Curator ofThe Festival of (In)appropriation, an annual, international showcase of experimental found-footage film and video, now in its eleventh edition.