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ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONIST CINEMA:
KEN JACOBS / NERVOUS MAGIC LANTERN FESTIVAL
THREE DAYS / TWELVE BANDS / 8PM FRI-SUN
The Anthology Film Archives
Curated by diNMachine
Projections by KEN JACOBS with live music by:
Fri, Jan 22 8PM
Flux (Tom Chiu)
The Ghosts Of The Holy Ghost Spermic Brotherhood
Sat, Jan 23 8PM
Adrian Knight / David Lackner / Max Zuckerman
Sarah Bernstein / Stuart Popejoy
Sun, Jan 24 8PM
Rick Reed / Tara Bhattacharya
RE: ENACT by Ron Amstutz (featuring music by Michael Schumacher)
Light Installation by Ursula Scherrer
ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONIST CINEMA: KEN JACOBS / NERVOUS MAGIC LANTERN FESTIVAL
Ken Jacobs has long been a restless innovator, and his rebellious projection performance apparatus known as the Nervous Magic Lantern is a development that would not have been out of place in the pre-cinematic era of prestidigitation and exotic attractions. Working without film or electronics, the Nervous Magic Lantern uses lightweight fans and an exterior spinning shutter – along with the hands and creative mind of an active projectionist – to fill the screen with moving 3D forms that can be seen from every possible angle, no special glasses required. A breathtaking and all-around mystifying head/body experience, Jacobs surmises that, “It’s the cinema that should’ve happened following live shadow play.” After years of committed research and development, it is clearer than ever before that Jacobs’s Nervous Magic Lantern is a direct outgrowth from his early training in the 1950s with abstraction pioneer Hans Hofmann. In a sense, this latest body of work is as much a return to painting as it is another step deeper than ever before into the depths of the moving image.
This January, as the first installment in what will be a once-a-calendar tribute to Ken Jacobs throughout 2016, Anthology hosts an expansive Nervous Magic Lantern Festival, curated by the ensemble diNMachine. The series will feature an incredible array of live performances from some of the most daring musicians working in New York today. In addition to diNMachine (whose forthcoming full length album “The Opposites of Unity” is out January 22 via Greedy Dilettante Records), performers will include guitar genius and drone meister Robert Poss; renowned composer/producer/performer JG Thirlwell (Foetus); fearless new music ensemble Flux Quartet; Swedish composer/performer Adrian Knight with David Lackner and Max Zuckerman (Blue Jazz TV, Synthetic Love Dream); Victoria Keddie, Co-Director of E.S.P. TV; experimental audio composers Rick Reed & Tara Bhattacharya; new-wave proto-punk voice and violin duo Sarah Bernstein & Stuart Popejoy; melodic explorers Collapsible Shoulder; champions of structured and improvised rhythm, drone, and noise Padtech; unique sound-exploration trio The Ghosts of the Holy Spermic Brotherhood; and textural electronic noise composer Patrick Todd.
The festival will take place over three evenings, with four artists/groups performing each night. Each artist/group will take the stage for a 20-minute set, during which Jacobs will project live with the Nervous Magic Lantern system. Each evening will also feature an immersive video installation created by artist Ursula Scherrer, as well as the film RE: ENACT by Ron Amstutz (featuring music by Michael Schumacher), which will be screened following the intermission.
For details on each night’s lineup, and for Ken Jacobs’s extended discussion of the Nervous Magic Lantern system, visit anthologyfilmarchives.org.
Fri, Jan 22 through Sun, Jan 24 at 8:00 each night.