The Jeff Keen Estate

Still from Marvo Movie, 1967 © The Jeff Keen Estate, 2016.

Still from Marvo Movie, 1967 © The Jeff Keen Estate, 2016.

Jeff Keen, 1923–2012, was a pioneer of experimental film whose rapid-fire animations, multiple screen projections and raucous performances redefined multimedia art in Britain.

Keen was a veteran of the Second World War, and his work powerfully evokes the violence, colour, speed and noise of the 20th century. He transformed cinema into a riotous collage of comics, drawings, B-movie posters, plastic toys, burning props and extravagant costumes. His early 8 mm and 16 mm films are built for speed, combining footage of Beat-era motifs – jazz, motorbikes and car culture – with experimental animations in which the achievements and atrocities of the 20th century seem to flash by within a few short, cacophonous seconds.

By the mid-1960s he began to use multiple screens and live action in presentations of his work.

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