Ken Jacobs
b. 1933

Pioneering experimental filmmaker Jacobs’s various paracinematic performances, which include shadowplay as well as his Nervous Magic Lantern and Nervous System pieces, share many qualities with the light show. His shadow-play pieces of the mid-to-late 1960s, such as Thirties Man and Slow Is Beauty, utilized a back-projection system, mirrored lenses, strobe lights, colored filters, and a variety of projectors and shutters built or modified by Jacobs himself. The Magic Lantern works use many of the same titular proto-cinematic devices used by …

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Celestial Subway Lines/Salvaging Noise (2004)