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A rare chance to see one of Ken Jacobs' Nervous System Film Performances in which, using his own specially developed projection system, he presents a revelatory exploration of the duo's BERTHMARKS.
"I do an electronic riff on the MoMA print in A Tom Tom Chaser, concluding the NTSC edition. I'd been supervising a new digitizing of Tom, Tom at 15 frames per second (as against the 16 fps `standard' silent-speed of the PAL transfer; in truth there was no standard fps back then) because 15 fits neatly into NTSC's 60 fields/30 picture frames per second, thus minimizing compression `artifacts', a form of visual `noise' I wasn't welcoming. The riff was inspired watching
Scott Olive, Tape House master technician, zip forward and back on their million dollar optical film-scanner. I asked Scott if we could record some of this discarded visual phenomena incidental to film-to-digital transfer. Sure, he said. I stood cheering him on to wilder aberrations and what we got is pretty much what you have, less some judicious excisions." -K.J.
Jacobs’s camera closes in on a 1905 film to better ascertain the infinite richness, searching out incongruities, delighting in the whole bizarre human phenomena of story-telling itself and this within the fantasy of reading any bygone time out of the visual crudities of film: dream within a dream!