Capitalism: Child Labor

Date: 27 October 2007 | Season: London Film Festival 2007 | Tags:

Saturday 27 October 2007, from 12-7pm

London BFI Southbank Studio

Ken Jacobs, Capitalism: Child Labor, USA, 2006, 14 min (continuous loop)

Ken Jacobs continues his interrogation of archival sources by deconstructing a single stereoscopic photograph from the Victorian era. The image of barefoot children in a textile mill is spun into a critique of capitalism and the workforce of child labour which sustained the industrial revolution. With a dizzying array of visual techniques, space is condensed, expanded, flipped and cropped, accompanied by Rick Reed’s compelling soundtrack.

Ken Jacobs lives and works in New York City. Widely regarded as one of the key figures of independent and avant-garde cinema through films such as Little Stabs at Happiness (1958-60), Blonde Cobra (1959-63) and Tom Tom the Pipers Son (1969-71), Jacobs has also devoted much of his creative life to developing new techniques of live performance using film and projected light. More recently, and now in his seventies, he has become one of the most innovative and consistently productive artists working in digital video. Ken Jacobs has been featured in retrospectives, exhibitions and screenings at most major museums, biennials, film festivals and cinematheques.