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Ken Jacobs Interview

Charles Bernstein in conversation with Ken Jacobs. Jacobs discusses
the political imperatives of his film making, his use of text in Star
Spangled to Death
and his merging of visionary aesthetic explorations
with a formal critique of conventional cinematic representation in
Tom, Tom, The Piper's Son and his Nervous System performances. The
conversation concludes with a discussion of Child Labor, his 2007
film. Jacobs’s live film-projection performances of his Nervous System
series are legendary. The American Museum of The Moving Image in
Astoria, Queens, hosted a full retrospective of his work in 1989. The New York
Museum of Modern Art held a partial retrospective in 1996, as did The
American House in Paris in 1994 and the Arsenal Theater in Berlin in
1986. His work has been presented at the New York Film Festival and
the Whitney Biennial (29 minutes).


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Conversations and readings with poets and artists, produced in cooperation with PennSound and hosted by Charles Bernstein, the American poet, theorist, editor, and literary scholar. Bernstein was born in New York City in 1950. He is a foundational member and leading practitioner of Language poetry. Bernstein was educated at the Bronx High School of Science and at Harvard University, where he studied philosophy with Stanley Cavell and wrote his final thesis on Gertrude Stein and Ludwig Wittgenstein.

In the mid-1970s Bernstein became active in the experimental poetry scenes in New York and San Francisco, not only as a poet, but also as an editor, publisher, and theorist. With visual artist and wife Susan Bee, Bernstein published several now well-known poets whose work is associated with Language writing.