Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Art & Art History
Experimental filmmaker Ken Jacobs is a man with a foot firmly in two historically divergent avant-gardes: the early European and the post-war American. Accomplished primarily through a reconceptualization of earlier notions of shock, Jacobs' inheritance of the Dadaists' and Surrealists' tactics as well as the development of his own semiotics of rupture have allowed him to explore both film form and film content through a series of Frankenstein-like creations or filmformances. By exploring three of his major film works from three different periods of his life, Blonde Cobra, Two Wrenching Departures and Star Spangled to Death, the evolution of his own methodology of rupture is examined: shock as performance, shock as perceptual therapy and finally, shock as politics.
Moreland, Stephen Andrew, "Negotiating Rupture: The Avant-Garde films of Ken Jacobs" (2011). Art History Theses & Dissertations. 16.