I just bought my ticket to this… yes, it means I’ll be missing the PRB reading, which I was looking forward to, but this is a rare appearance in LA of the filmmaker, and I missed his show at Redcat earlier this week.


Thursday October 15 2009, 7:30PM
UCLA Film & Television Archive
at the Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum


“A stereo-photo of an ocean wave slowly turns and churns. The hidden forces of Cinema conspire with an instant of history to produce actions that never were or could be. 3D for everyone (one eye will do).”—Ken Jacobs

One of the key American media artists of the postwar era, Ken Jacobs (Tom, Tom, The Piper’s Son; Star Spangled to Death) has crafted a unique, powerful and ever-evolving body of work over a career that has spanned five decades. Appropriating and reinterpreting existing media artifacts, and subverting conventional modes of presentation, Jacobs has applied his highly original techniques to both formal considerations and social and political topics with equal aplomb.

This program showcases some of Jacobs’ most recent work, much of which creates new forms of three-dimensional depth, and is presented as part of a week-long artist residency in Los Angeles, in cooperation with REDCAT, Los Angeles Filmforum, and CalArts Film/Video.

A SCORCHER IN ITALY (2009, DVcam, Color, silent, 7 min.)

WHAT HAPPENED ON 23RD STREET IN 1901 (2009, DVcam, silent, B/W, 14 min.)

JONAS MEKAS IN KODACHROME DAYS (2009, DVcam, silent, color, 3 min.)

BOB FLEISCHNER DYING (2009, DVcam, silent, color, 3 min.)

HOT DOGS AT THE MET (2009, DVcam, color, 10 min.)

EXCERPT FROM THE SKY SOCIALIST STRAIFIED (2009, DVcam, silent, color, 18 min.)

GRAVITY IS TOPS (2009, 10 min.)

BRAIN OPERATIONS (2009, DVcam, silent, B/W, 22 min.)