Ken Jacobs x 3: Old and New | Chicago Reader

Ken Jacobs x 3: Old and New

For more than half a century experimental filmmaker Ken Jacobs has carefully mixed controlled and less calculated elements, encouraging viewers to engage actively with his works. In his early film Window (1964), rapid camera movements and zooms through a New York City window emphasize the various ways the cityscape (buildings, water towers) frames and reframes what we see. The 3-D Globe (1971) provocatively combines a sex-instruction tape with mobile shots of houses. And the digital work Krypton Is Doomed (2005) presents an alternative to a familiar narrative: as Superman's origins are recounted in a radio play, silences rupture our escapist involvement while fragments of comic-book-like images flicker rapidly, creating subliminal, ghostly illusions. 68 min.

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