We are delighted to welcome New York filmmaker Ken Jacobs for a week of Bay Area events. He will present two Nervous Magic Lantern performances, which use pre-cinema technology to create startling, mesmerizing images, and a lecture on his teacher, painter Hans Hofmann. Following our Wednesday evening program, Jacobs will be in conversation with film curator Steve Anker.
“Hollywood might do well to learn from Ken Jacobs, who can boast more than forty years of provocative, demanding, and transformative explorations of various permutations of 3D, putting the primitive, in-your-face assaults of Hollywood to shame. . . . Jacobs deploys 3D technology as part of a larger, lifelong exploration of vision, consciousness, and the materiality of cinema, even in its incredibly ephemeral manifestations” (Holly Willis). Jacobs himself observes: “The viewer of Nervous Magic Lantern phenomena plunges, hovers, sinks, and rises into illusionary deep space. The question of what we are looking at, tantalizingly suggestive as appearances might be, becomes of less urgency than from where in space we are viewing and where and of what consistency and shape and size is the mass confronting us at any one moment, and when and how did it become what a moment ago it was not. It might be best to think of what you and others see as a group hallucination. My self-constructed ‘lantern’ utilizes neither film nor video.”
Kathy Geritz, Film Curator