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Ken Jacobs

Collective for Living Cinema

Ken Jacobs has worked in 3-D in one form or another (film, slide projection, shadow play) for over a decade. His current project, The Impossible, involves the stereo transformation of a 1905 chase film, Tom, Tom, the Piper’s Son (the source for his 1969 “structural” feature as well). The Impossible’s first two chapters used phased double projections and polaroid glasses to simulate volume and depth; the two new chapters employ a technique derived from the Swiss “binocular” artist Alphons Schilling that induces a glasses-free 3-D through the rapid oscillation of two slightly differing images.

Where Schilling alternated slides, Jacobs uses consecutive or near-consecutive film frames—the effect is subtler and more stroboscopic. Chapter 3, titled Schilling, is the chaotic marketplace tableau which opens the 1905 film. Depending on the chronological proximity of the alternating frames, the

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