Ken Jacobs: Metropolis Looms And The Bad Maria Is Tuned Up

Ken Jacobs: Metropolis Looms And The Bad Maria Is Tuned Up

“Jacobs’s work has inspired the sense of awe and mystery that 19th-century audiences must have felt when confronting motion pictures for the first time.”
—The Museum of Modern Art

Co-presented with Acropolis Cinema, LACMA, LA Filmforum and 3-D SPACE

Renowned film, video and performance artist Ken Jacobs returns to REDCAT with his Nervous Magic Lantern and its spectacular imagery. In a sixty-year career that includes legendary underground films from the 1950s and 1960s and hundreds of 3D cinema pieces, Ken Jacobs has become a celebrated treasure of American art. The Nervous Magic Lantern uses a homemade projector, hand-manipulated elements, and no film or video, to create mesmerizing hallucinatory effects. Each performance is unique, combining swirling abstract textures with hints of mysterious and inexplicable objects—all in a 3D that can be apprehended with a single eye. Truly once-in-a-lifetime experiences, Nervous Magic Lantern performances are the culminating syntheses of Jacobs’ life work. 

In person: Ken Jacobs

Presented in conjunction with LACMA's exhibition 3D: Double Vision on view 7/15/18 to 3/31/19. Curated by Steve Anker, Bérénice Reynaud, Britt Salvesen, and Nicholas Barlow as part of the Jack H. Skirball series, supported by the Ostrovsky Family Fund.

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MON 10/8
8:30 pm

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff