The Austin Museum of Digital Art and Antumbrae Intermedia present a live performance by legendary avant-garde filmmaker Ken Jacobs (NYC). His Nervous Magic Lantern performances illuminate the screen in a myriad of 3D forms, resulting in a breathtaking and all-around mystifying head/body experience without the use of electronics, special glasses, or film-based effects. The performance will be accompanied by live musical soundtracks by diNMachine (NYC), Steve Parker, Tara Bhattacharya Reed, and Rick Reed.
DATE: Saturday, Sept 24th, 2016
TIME: 8:30pm – 10:30pm
LOCATION: First Street Studio
ADDRESS: 2400 E Ceasar Chavez (map)
ADMISSION: $12 (Early); $15 (General)
- Ken Jacobs (NYC)
- diNMachine (abstract set / NYC)
- Steve Parker (Austin)
- Tara Bhattacharya Reed (Austin)
- Rick Reed (Austin)
A pioneer of the American film avant-garde of the 1960s and ’70s, Ken Jacobs is a central figure in post-war experimental cinema. From his first films of the late 1950s to his recent experiments with digital video, his investigations and innovations have influenced countless artists. Ken is a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, as well as the National Society of Film Critics Experimental Film Award.
Jacobs has long been a cinema activist. He was an integral part of Manhattan’s burgeoning alternative film scene, which included venues such as the Film-Makers’ Cooperative and The Bleecker Street Cinema (which notoriously premiered Blonde Cobra with Smith’s Flaming Creatures) as well as his own loft, where the Kuchar brothers first screened their 8mm work. In 1966, he and his wife Flo founded Millennium Film Workshop, and he was a cofounder of one of the country’s earliest departments of cinema, at Binghamton University.
- Ken Jacobs Biography at EAI
- Almost 80, He Continues the Ruckus
- Deconstructing Cinema in Order to Reveal It
- The Cinema of Ken Jacobs
- Ken & Flo Jacobs
diNMachine makes amoebic dance-rock that references the twitchy funk of the no-wave movement, the glitchy textures from every era and strain of electronic music, and the compositional qualities of classical music. Their work fuses Indian, African & South American styles with jazz & avant-garde composition, employing field recordings, drones, and an urban sensibility. For this performance, diNMachine will perform an experimental set composed specifically to accompany Ken Jacobs.
Optic Antics Festival
This event is presented in conjunction with the Optic Antics Festival, a multi-day exploration of the work of Ken Jacobs and diNMachine, in Austin, TX. The festival is spearheaded by Antumbrae Intermedia and created in collaboration with the Austin Film Society, Experimental Response Cinema, UT’s Department of Art & Art History, the Museum of Human Achievement, and AMODA. More info →
The Austin Museum of Digital Art (AMODA) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to engage the public and artists in the creation, understanding, and appreciation of digital art. The Performance Series is focused on presenting experimental music and digital performance art in a contemplative setting. More info →