Lorca Cohen’s Reimagined New Skin for the Old Ceremony: Leonard Cohen’s “There Is A War” Video

Linda Sturgess discovered the video of Leonard Cohen’s “There Is A War” commissioned in 2010 by Lorca Cohen and Darin Klein as part of a reimagined version of Leonard Cohen’s 1974 album New Skin for the Old Ceremony.

Leonard Cohen’s New Skin for the Old Ceremony Interpreted By Artist Filmmakers

The Museum Of Modern Art has announced three showings of New Skin for the Old Ceremony, the film composition curated by Lorca Cohen and Darin Klein and based on the Leonard Cohen album of the same name:

New Skin for the Old Ceremony is a compilation of short moving-image pieces set to the music and lyrics of Leonard Cohen’s 1974 album of the same title. Organized by Cohen’s daughter, Lorca, and Darin Klein, Programs Coordinator, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, the film comprises pieces—by Brent Green, Alex Da Corte, Weston Currie, Theo Angell, Christian Holstad, Sylvan and Lily Lanken, Lucky Dragons,1 Kelly Sears, Brett Milspaw, Peter Coffin, and Tina Tyrell—that mirror the album’s original track listing.

Posted by Jonathan Shia at Interview December 14, 2010, Sincerely L Cohen offers a description of the process of the project:

No one can build a song like Leonard Cohen. For more than 40 years, the poet, troubadour, and renowned heartbreaker has shed light on life’s darker moments through intensely personal, highly romantic compositions. On December 16th, Los Angeles’s Hammer Museum will present an evening of video interpretations of Cohen’s 1974 masterwork New Skin for the Old Ceremony, curated by Cohen’s 36-year-old daughter Lorca along with Hammer programs coordinator, Darin Klein. Eleven contemporary artists, including Peter Coffin, Tina Tyrell, and Christian Holstad, have contributed a filmic take on one of Cohen’s mournful dirges.

For the plaintive “Chelsea Hotel No. 2,” multimedia artist Alex da Corte focuses on characteristic found objects—a stack of bread, a falling broom—to build striking images of tension and sorrow. The curators call it a “new skin for an old work,” a fitting reminder that Cohen, despite his 76 years, is forever young.

There Is a War – Leonard Cohen
Music video by Lily Lanken and Sylvan Lanken.
Video uploaded by sylvan lanken

I am republishing selected posts from my former Leonard Cohen site, Cohencentric, here on AllanShowalter.com (these posts can be found at Leonard Cohen). This entry was originally posted June 10, 2014 at DrHGuy.com.

  1. “Lucky Dragons” means any recorded or performed or installed or packaged or shared or suggested or imagined pieces made by Luke Fischbeck, Sarah Rara, and/or any sometimes collaborators who claim the name. []

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