saul levine: light lick series, 2000-2003, super 8 films.
ken jacobs celestial subway lines, nervous magic lantern 3d, 2003/2005, performance.
saul levine's light lick series - essay by p. adams sitney on saul levine in this months art forum here:
ecstatic flicker films inspired by jazz and mystic visionary practice, light licks is a series of films begun in 2000 and made frame by frame, often by flooding the camera with enough light to spill beyond the gate into frames left unexposed. begun in 2000, the series is ongoing—by the waters of babylon in the hour of the angels is the most recently completed light lick. “i saw the light - praise the dark." - saul levine
the bauhaus photography, design and painting and esp. the chicago bauhaus creep up into many of these frames. and of course mysticism and alchemy. missing in these stills is the lovely flicker that pulses like a slow moving train.
ken jacobs's celestial subway lines: from his 2003 nervous magic lantern performance at anthology film archives nyc. a dvd* approximation was released in 2005 by tzadik.
the performance is part of his nervous system series.
described by the pfa:
jacobs's apparatus here is not the camera, but the projector. [the projection apparatus] consists of two analytical projectors (or magic lanterns) which can show the film frame by frame, or freeze it immobile on the screen....by breaking the automatic whir of twenty-four frames a second, jacobs returns cinema to its prehistory in marey and muybridge's analysis of motion....the slightly different film frames, diverted from an illusion of motion by the analytical projectors, begin to produce spatial illusions....the nervous system plays on our nervous system. jacobs not only operates his analytic projectors, he also hooks into our most primal processes of perception.
*(my only advise is to watch the jacobs dvd silent)