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Dreamlands: Expanded

Ken Jacobs’s Black Space

Sat, Nov 5, 2016  7:30 PM

Ken Jacobs’ Black Space is a sensorial exploration of a completely black room, intended as an actualization of the theoretical “black space” needed for optimal film projection. The performance begins with audience members sitting on chairs in a completely dark, quiet room, which is gradually and personally revealed through minimal exposure to and accumulation of acoustic and visual elements such as rolling coins, the breathing of others, and the images induced and retained in the eye from flashes of bright light. Black Space was conceived and first performed in the mid-70s and has only previously been presented twice in the past forty years. The program is followed by a presentation and discussion with the artist.

Dreamlands: Expanded is a series of expanded cinema events organized by Microscope Gallery in collaboration with the Whitney as part of the exhibition Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905–2016.

Tickets for this event are available for purchase here

Please note: All Dreamlands: Expanded events take place at Microscope Gallery, with the exception of Steam Screens and The Owl Flies at Twilight, which will both be presented at Knockdown Center in Maspeth, Queens.

Lead underwriting support for Dreamlands: Expanded is provided by the Robert D. Bielecki Foundation. 

Generous support provided by J.J. Kasper, Paul Jost, and Natasha Reatig.

This presentation is made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council of the Arts' Electronic Media & Film Presentation Funds grant program, administered by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes. 

Microscope Gallery Event Series is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).

Additional support provided by Knockdown Center and Negativland. Sponsored by Colorlab and The Bodega. Media Partner: The Brooklyn Rail.

Ken Jacobs, Black Space, 1976–2016. Courtesy the artist
 

Ken Jacobs, Black Space, 1976–2016. Courtesy the artist