New York Street Trolleys 1900

1999, 10:30 min, b&w, sound

WARNING: This work contains throbbing light. Should not be viewed by individuals with epilepsy or seizure disorders.

In this unique document, Jacobs demonstrates one of his live, multi-projection "Nervous System" film performances in real time. (The Nervous System performances feature a unique double-analysis projector set-up, deriving 3-D from standard 2-D film, most often with archival and other found footage.) Jacobs' own narration guides the viewer through his manipulations and performance strategies, revealing his cinematic shorthand in this brief improvisation on an archival film from 1900. "There are people on the street unexpecting that they are going to be plunged 100 years ahead in time," Jacobs muses as he freezes pedestrians in their paths, pulling the cinematic world apart around them. This work provides a rare insight into Jacobs' artistic process.

 
 

WARNING: This work contains throbbing light. Should not be viewed by individuals with epilepsy or seizure disorders.

 

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