About Ken Jacobs 16mm Shorts Program

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This program showcases Jacobs’s technical interventions on the film medium involving experimental projection techniques. The use of filters in Opening the Nineteenth Century creates the Pulfrich Effect in order to induce a three- dimensional experience, while Jacobs slows down cinematic time through projection speed in Soft Rain. By keeping the lower frame visible in Keaton’s Cops and experimenting with depth in Globe, Jacobs expands the limits of the frame and fractures the filmic image. The program will end with Blonde Cobra, the legendary 1963 film featuring artist Jack Smith in what Jacobs calls “a look in on an exploding life, on a man of imagination suffering pre-fashionable Lower East Side deprivation and consumed with American 1950s, ’40s, ’30s disgust.” Contains mature content.

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