Cornell University

Nervous Magic Lantern Performance

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 7:30pm to 7:30pm

Willard Straight Theatre
Central Campus

Ithaca Premiere! 2017 > USA > Directed by Ken & Flo Jacobs "One of the founders of the American avant-garde cinema, Ken Jacobs (b. 1933) has been working ceaselessly and boundlessly in film, video and moving image performance for over fifty years.... Among Jacobs' most important inventions is his Nervous Magic Lantern, a mysterious and mesmerizing performance of light and shadow that returns to cinema's most essential roots, and which he evocatively describes as "cinema without film or electronics." (Harvard Film Archive) Using light, fans, a spinning shutter and his own hands, Mr. Jacobs, along with his collaborative partner and wife, Flo Jacobs, project images that you will swear have been recorded on a strip of film. They have collaborated with many different music groups over the years to present these shows, each one unique. This show, with live music by CAGE, will also include several short films by Jacobs. For listing, visit closer to show date. This program is made possible in part with public funds from NYSCA's Electronic Media & Film Presentation Funds grant program, administered by the ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes. It is additionally cosponsored with the Cornell Council for the Arts and the Departments of Music & Art. More at

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Ken Jacobs / diNMachine @ Nervous Magic Lantern Festival 2016 from Ken Jacobs on Vimeo.

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Advance Tickets: $10 general/$8 grads & seniors/$7 undergrads Door Tickets: $14 general/$10 grads & seniors/$8 undergrads

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