Ken Jacobs

Ken Jacobs (born May 25 1933) is an American experimental filmmaker. He is the director of (1969, USA), which was admitted to the National Film Registry in 2007, and Star Spangled to Death (2004, USA), a nearly seven hour film comprised largely of found footage.

He coined the term paracinema in the early 1970s, referring to cinema experiences provided by means outside of standard cinema technology. He was an influential teacher of Art Spiegelman, former painting student of Hans Hoffman, and in 1969 with Larry Gottheim started the Cinema dept. at Harpur College (now Binghamton University), providing arts education and tools of critical thinking to students until his retirement in 2003 as a Distinguished Professor of Cinema. He resides in New York City.

Videography 2009 What Happened on 23rd Street in 1901 2009 Hot Dogs At The Met 2008 The Scenic Route 2008 His Favorite Wife Improved 2008 2007 We Are Charming 2007 2007 Nymph 2007 2006 The Surging Sea of Humanity 2006 Pushcarts of Eternity Street 2006 Hanky Panky January 1902 2005 Let There Be Whistle Blowers 2005 2005 Krypton is Doomed 2005 Insistent Clamor 2004 Mountaineer spinning (26 min., colour, music by Rick Reed) 2004 (108 min., colour, music by John Zorn asst. by Ikue Mori) 2003 Keeping an eye on Stan (117 min., colour, sound, video) 2003 2002 (114 min., colour, sound, video) 2002 A Tom Tom chaser (10-1/2 min., b/w, silent, digital computer work) *1999 Flo rounds a corner (6 min., colour, silent, digital computer work)

Theater Works All these involved shadow play or film (all approx. 90 min.)

1982 Audio-visual vaudeville (2 and 3-Dimensional shadow play, played again 1994, 2000) 1979 Ken Jacobs At The Console Performing 1977 Air of inconsequence (3-Dimensional shadow play) 1975 The boxer rebellion (2 and 3-Dimensional shadow play) 1974 1974 (2 and 3-Dimensional shadow play (played again in MUMOK, Vienna, 2004) 1972 1970 Restful moments (2 and 3-Dimensional shadow play) *1965

Film/Performances (The nervous system; a unique double-analysis projector set-up, deriving 3-D from standard 2-D film, most often archival and other found footage) (all approximate time)

1998 Un petit train de plaisir (25 min.) 1997 Ontic Antics starring Laurel and Hardy (1 hr.) 1997 New York Street trolleys 1900 (25 min.) 1996 Loco motion ((25 min.) 1996 From Muybridge to Brooklyn Bridge (includes 'Muybridge On Wheels' (animated slides), 'The Georgetown Loop' (film), 'Loco Motion' (Nervous System work), 'Disorient Express' (film), 'On The Bridge' (Nervous System work) 1996 Coupling (1 hr.) 1995 (90 min.) 1994 ((90 min.) 1993 New York ghetto fishmarket 1903 (90 min.) 1990 The subcinema ((2 hrs.) 1989 Two wrenching departures ((2 hrs.) 1983 ((90 min.) 1982 The whole shebang ((70 min.) 1981 Ken Jacobs Theater Of Unconscionable Stupidity presents Camera thrills of the war ((90 min.) 1980 XCXHXEXRXRXIXEXSX ((90 min.) 1980 ((25 min.) 1980 ((1 hr.) 1980 ((7 min.) 1979 ((11 min.) 1975 ((1 hr.)

Performances (The nervous magic lantern; single projector utilizing neither film nor video)

2005 Interstellar Lower East Side ramble (music by John Zorn assisted by Ikue Mori, January 2005, (1 hr) 2004 Seeing is believing (music by Rick Reed, September 2004, 1 hr.) 2004 Salvaging noise (music by John Zorn assisted by Ikue Mori, October 2004, 1 hr.) 2004 (March 2004 (1 hr.) 2004 Celestial subway (music by John Zorn assisted by Ikue Mori, May 2004, 45 min.) 2004 Celestial subway Last Stop All Out (music by Black Dice, March 2004, 1 hr.) 2003 (April 2003, 1 hr.) 2002 A place where there is no trouble (2002, 1 hr.) *2000 (40 min.)

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