Alex MacKenzie – Apparitions (16mm Expanded Cinema Performance)

Alex MacKenzie
Apparitions (16mm Expanded Cinema Performance)
Presented in partnership with 121 Studios, an initiative of UnLondon Digital Media Association

Friday April 29, 2016 / 121 Studios – 211 King Street / 8-10pm / FREE

LOMAA’s Visiting Artist Program is pleased to host filmmaker Alex MacKenzie, who will be presenting two events in partnership with 121 Studios, an initiative of UnLondon Digital Media Association. During his stay, MacKenzie will be presenting his expanded cinema performance Apparitions, 2016 as well as a workshop focused on the possibilities in projection.

For more information on Alex MacKenzie’s Expanded Cinema Workshop, Apparatus and Methodology, please visit the Facebook page below:


Apparitions | 55 minutes (2 X 16mm colour + b&w, 2016)

Inspired by early stereo imaging and the clash and collusion of socioeconomic forces, this suite of works 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.


Alex MacKenzie is a Vancouver-based media artist working primarily with 16mm analog film equipment and hand processed imagery. He creates works of expanded cinema, light projection installation, and projector performance. His work has 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. Alex was the founder and curator of the Edison Electric Gallery of Moving Images, the Blinding Light!! Cinema and the Vancouver Underground Film Festival. He was 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. Alex co-edited Damp: Contemporary Vancouver Media Art (Anvil Press 2008), and interviewed David Rimmer for Loop, Print, Fade + Flicker: David Rimmer’s Moving Images (Anvil Press 2009). Commissions include Portal, (Situated Cinema WNDX Winnipeg 2012), Auroratone: Digitalis (FilmPop Montreal 2012), The Film That Buys The Cinema (Cube Bristol 2013) and Hyborian Witch (Wrong Wave/Kensington Gore 2013). Alex is a founding member of the Iris Film Collective in Vancouver.


The purpose of UnLondon is to make positive change in and around our region from outside the normal confines of change making, using unconventional methods and digital tools. We enable people to do things. The ‘Un’ prefix is used as a method to describe ‘unconventional thinking and practices’. The ‘UnLondon’ name comes from our many experiences both organizing and attending UnConferences.

121 Studios is a coworking and digital media production space located in the heart of downtown London, Ontario. Whether you want to conduct a photo shoot, mix audio, edit video, record a podcast, work from our shared desk space, or network with the brightest creative minds in London, 121 Studios is the place to be!


LOMAA would like to thank Canada Council for the Arts for their continued support of the Visiting Artist Program.


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