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

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

A Nervous Magic Lantern Performance with live sound by Aki Onda

“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. 

An artist, composer and curator, Aki Onda, was born in Japan and currently resides in New York. He is particularly known for his "Cassette Memories" - works compiled from a "sound diary" of field-recordings collected by using the cassette Walkman over a span of last quarter-century. He creates compositions, performances, and visual artworks from those sound memories. Onda often works in interdisciplinary fields and collaborates with filmmakers, visual artists, and choreographers.

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