ANAGLYPH TOM (Tom With Puffy Cheeks)
Artist talk and premiere of new work
EAI presents the premiere screening of a new feature-length, 3-D video by legendary experimental filmmaker Ken Jacobs, titled "ANAGLYPH TOM (Tom With Puffy Cheeks)." Jacobs will be present to introduce and discuss his work.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI)
535 West 22nd Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10011
In ANAGLYPH TOM, Ken Jacobs revisits the 1905 source of his 1969 structuralist film masterpiece, "Tom Tom the Piper's Son." In his earlier film, a landmark of cinematic deconstruction, Jacobs re-photographed and manipulated a film fragment from the dawn of cinema, penetrating the image to reach the sublime. In "ANAGLYPH TOM," the artist applies the anaglyph 3-D process to the original footage, engaging the experience of depth perception itself as the subject of his relentless experimentation. Jacobs again summons the celluloid ghosts and lost worlds of an earlier age, subjecting them to his dizzying interventions and immersing the viewer. 3-D glasses will be supplied.
Writes Jacobs: "The real subject of "ANAGLYPH TOM (Tom With Puffy Cheeks)" is depth-perception itself. Our beloved performers from the 1905 "Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son" again encapsulate human absurdity for our amusement but this time in illusionary (and berserk) 3-D. Clowns and harlots and slumming gentry freely step forward and back through the screen surface, often misplacing heads and limbs as they change location."
In addition to "ANAGLYPH TOM," three of Jacobs' newest digital shorts, "His Favorite Wife Improved" (2008), "Nymph" (2007), and "Capitalism: Slavery" (2006) will be screened. In these works, Jacob reanimates through digital manipulation sources ranging from a 19th century stereograph to a 20th-century televised movie. Throbbing and flickering, pulsing and stuttering, these works plunge the viewer into haunted scenes that come alive with illusory depth and movement.