By Michele Pierson, David E. James, Paul Arthur
Ken Jacobs has been making cinema for greater than fifty years. besides over thirty movie and video works, he has created an array of shadow performs, sound items, installations, and magic lantern and movie performances that experience remodeled how we glance at and examine relocating pictures. he's a part of the everlasting collections at MoMA and the Whitney, and his paintings has been celebrated in Europe and the U.S. whereas his value is well-recognized, this is often the 1st quantity committed solely to him. It comprises essays by way of famous movie students in addition to pictures and private items from artists and critics, all of which testify to the extreme type and impression of his accomplishments. somebody attracted to cinema or experimental arts could be well-rewarded by way of a better acquaintance with the genius, the innovation, and the optical antics of Ken Jacobs.
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Despite the vitality of his public persona, the idea that there could be a “School of Jacobs” is absurd. He would, by inclination, if not by random calamity, manage to subvert it at birth. That said, he is virtually alone among first-generation experimentalists who continue to engage the sensibilities of a younger cadre of makers (Bruce Conner, Jack Smith, and of course Andy Warhol are others). Part of his cachet in the postmodernist artistic scene is due to an exemplary refusal of mastery and aesthetic closure.
That said, he is virtually alone among first-generation experimentalists who continue to engage the sensibilities of a younger cadre of makers (Bruce Conner, Jack Smith, and of course Andy Warhol are others). Part of his cachet in the postmodernist artistic scene is due to an exemplary refusal of mastery and aesthetic closure. Similarly, his insistence on spontaneous, additive structures—the antithesis of traditional appeals to architectonic complexity—align him with those favoring openness and improvisation over tight design.
Tom, Tom, The Piper’s Son is available on VHS (Re: Voir). Titles available on DVD at the time of publication include Star Spangled To Death (2005), Ontic Antics Starring Laurel And Hardy: Bye, Molly (2005), Let There Be Whistleblowers (2005), Celestial Subway Lines/Salvaging Noise (New York: Tzadik, 2005), New York Ghetto Fishmarket 1903 (New York: Tzadik, 2007), Tom, Tom, The Piper’s Son and A Tom Tom Chaser (2008); Little Stabs At Happiness is available on Treasures IV: American Avant-Garde Film, 1947–1986 (Image Entertainment, 2009); The Whirled is available on Azazel Jacobs, The Good Times Kid (Benten Films, 2009).