LUX & LUX Scotland present New Work: Adam Lewis Jacob, Wildcat

17 March 2018

LUX, Waterlow Park Centre
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Adam Lewis Jacob, Wildcat, 2017. Courtesy of the artist.

We are delighted to present Adam Lewis Jacob’s new film work Wildcat (2017) in the context of LUX’s New Work screening series, showcasing recent work by artists based in the UK. The screening will be followed by a conversation between Adam Lewis Jacob, cartoonist Donald Rooum and curator and writer Herb Shellenberger. In partnership with LUX.

A portrait of writer and cartoonist Donald Rooum (born 1928 in Bradford, UK), Adam Lewis Jacob’s 2017 film Wildcat reanimates Rooum’s long-running anarchist comic strip of the same name while leading to different trajectories and courses of inquiry. The Revolting Pussycat, the same wildcat’ of the comic’s title (named after a wildcat strike, an action taken by unionized workers without their union leadership’s approval) jumps off the page, stepping outside of Rooum’s comics and into the real world in various two- and three-dimensional forms, becoming a catalyst for discussion of topics like social justice, performance, the politics of music and the place of anarchism in contemporary society. – Excerpt from essay by Herb Shellenberger, 2017.

Read the full text here.


Adam Lewis Jacob, Wildcat, 2017. HD video, 24 min.

About the artists

Adam Lewis Jacob

Adam Lewis Jacob graduated from the MFA programme at the Glasgow School of Art in 2015 and primarily works in video and installation. He studied on exchange at Piet Zwart Institute in 2015 and in 2011 was selected for the Mountain School of Arts program in Los Angeles. In 2016, Adam was the recipient of the SUPERLUX research award alongside Elizabeth Murphy. Recent exhibitions include: British Film and Video, Studio 55, Seoul, Korea; Emotional Need, Collective, Edinburgh;ANTIPHON, Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016, India; Double Parrhesia, Catalyst, Belfast and FFWD, Duolon Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai. Adam is co-founder of the exhibition space Celine and until May 2017 was a committee member at Transmission Gallery. He has just completed a residency at Triangle France in Marseille.

Herb Shellenberger

Herb Shellenberger is a curator and writer originally from Philadelphia and based in London. He has curated screenings at institutions such as Arnolfini, Irish Film Institute, Light Industry, Lightbox Film Center, LUX, New York University, Taipei Center for Contemporary Arts and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Since 2016, he has been Associate Programmer for Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival. He is a graduate of the Central Saint Martins/​LUX MRes Moving Image programme, has lectured on film and contemporary art at museums, universities and art spaces internationally, and has written for publications including Art-Agenda, Art Monthly and The Brooklyn Rail. He curated the series Independent Frames: American Experimental Animation in the 1970s + 1980s’, which premiered at Tate Modern in 2017 and is currently touring internationally. In winter 2018, he has curated the exhibition Make, Believe: The Maslow Collection and the Moving Imageat The Maslow Collection (Scranton, PA) and co-programmed the series COMMON VISIONS’ with Almudena Escobar López, a film series on collaborative practices presented by the Flaherty Seminar at Anthology Film Archives.