Friday, March 10th, 2017
Kanbar Forum, Exploratorium – Pier 15, San Francisco
“The artists working with expanded cinema have tried to make the relationship between the screen and the audience active, not passive… Sometimes it’s making the mechanisms of cinema visible; sometimes it’s simply making you think about that whole relationship between the screen and yourself as a viewer.”
—David Curtis, “Tate Live: Expanded Cinema”
Join Vancouver-based media artist Alex MacKenzie for a presentation of Apparitions (2016), an expanded cinema work exploring the transitional space between image and abstraction, and nature and culture.
For tonight’s performance, two 16mm projectors screen hand-processed color and black-and-white film while the artist employs color gels, masking, lens interference, and projector movement to play with perspective, patterning, binocular disparity, and the film surface itself. Inspired by early stereo imaging and “the clash and collusion of socioeconomic forces,” Apparitions seeks to dismantle cinematic codes while foregrounding both projector and light as sculpture: its conscious corruption of and interference with the apparatus evokes the unexpected, reshaping representation into the realm of material and space.
“MacKenzie is a key player in the revival of expanded cinema forms…his projects stretch the possibilities of the analogue form, manipulating images to beyond our received expectations.”
-Chris Kennedy, Early Monthly Film Segments
This event is presented in partnership with the Exploratorium and San Francisco Cinematheque.
Alex MacKenzie is a Vancouver-based media artist working primarily with 16mm analog film equipment and hand-processed imagery. His light projection installations, projector performances, and other works have screened at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, the EXiS Experimental Film Festival in Seoul, Lightcone in Paris, Kino Arsenal in Berlin, and many other festivals and art spaces worldwide. The founder and curator of the Edison Electric Gallery of Moving Images, the Blinding Light!! Cinema, and the Vancouver Underground Film Festival, MacKenzie was also an artist in residence at Atelier MTK in Grenobles France, the Struts Gallery/Faucet Media in New Brunswick, Cineworks’ Analog Film Annex in Vancouver, and Daimon in Gatineau. He is a founding member of the Iris Film Collective in Vancouver.
Canyon Cinema is thankful for the long term support of the George Lucas Family Foundation. Dedicated project funding for Canyon Cinema 50 has been generously provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Owsley Brown III Foundation, Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation and The Fleishhacker Foundation.