Expanded Cinema | Apparatus Methodology
Alex MacKenzie Workshop
Presented by: FAVA, Theatre of the New Heart, and Latitude 53
Where: Latitude 53 10242 – 106 Street
When: April 1 | 10am – 2pm
Call 780-429-1671 to register
In this workshop, media artist Alex MacKenzie will present a closer look at the original engine of expanded cinema: the projector. Participants will explore how to work with 16mm projection devices to allow an extension of their potential and re-purposing of their function. Discussion and examination of the various elements of projection: light, lens, focal plane, film gate, speed, shutter, motor, bulb, and screen will all be explored with live examples and an up-close and hands-on approach. The work of contemporary media artists as well as historically significant artists will be discussed. Participants will be given the opportunity to try out various techniques, and will leave with a better understanding of how these elements work both separately and in tandem, as well as with a demystification of the primary instrument of the motion picture.
55 min | 2 x 16mm hand processed colour + B&W), 2016
16mm expanded cinema performance by Alex MacKenzie
Presented by FAVA & Theatre of the New Heart
Where: FAVA Exhibition Suite (9722 102 St, 2nd Floor)
When: April 1 | 7pm
Admission by donation
Inspired by early stereo imaging and the clash and collusion of socioeconomic forces, this work seeks to dismantle cinematic codes while foregrounding projector and light as sculpture: a conscious corruption of and interference with the apparatus to evoke the unexpected, reshaping representation into the realm of material and space. Using colour gels, masking, lens interference and projector movement in tandem with an exploration of binocular disparity, perspective, patterning and the film surface itself, APPARITIONS explores the transitional space between image and abstraction, nature and culture.
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