Rotterdam 2004 Film Maker in Focus returns with digital versions of his so far unique and rare live events for the first time. Nisi Jacobs videotaped the performances. The titles are also new works, and are not suitable for people prone to epileptic seizures! In Mountaineer Spinning, we seem to be seeing a rustic landscape, perhaps. Everything here seems to be a `perhaps', including allusions to Beauty and The Beast and whether we are seeing in 3D or not. As in real life, everything is in constant motion. Rick Reed does the Mendelssohn and here too, lines are blurred between life-recording and astral electrons at play. The second digital Magic Lantern performance sounds very different. These are selections from four live performances by musician John Zorn, assisted by Ikue Mori (improvising on laptops) in May and October of 2004 at Anthology Film Archives in New York. The viewer of Nervous Magic Lantern phenomena plunges, hovers, sinks and rises into illusionist deep space. The question of what we are looking at, tantalizingly suggestive as appearances might be, becomes of less urgency than from where in space we are viewing, and where and of what consistency and shape and size is the mass confronting us at any one moment, and when and how did it become what a moment ago it was not. It might be best to think of what you and others see as a group hallucination. In between those longer pieces is a short film, New York Street-Trolleys (11 min.), in which the Nervous System Performance is explained. (KJ)

Filmmaker
Ken Jacobs
Premiere
International premiere
Country
USA
Year
2004
Medium
DV cam NTSC
Length
26’
Language
Producer
Ken Jacobs
Sales
Ken Jacobs