Alex MacKenzie – Expanded Cinema Workshop (Apparatus and Methodology)

Alex MacKenzie
Expanded Cinema Workshop | Apparatus and Methodology
Presented in partnership with 121 Studios, an initiative of UnLondon Digital Media Association

Saturday April 30 / 121 Studios – 211 King Street / 1-5pm

20$ / 15$ for LOMAA or UnLondon members and students
Tickets can be purchased in advance online (link below) or in cash at the event.

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 performance Apparitions please visit the Facebook page below:


Expanded Cinema Workshop | Apparatus and Methodology

In this workshop, media artist Alex MacKenzie will present a closer look at the original engine of expanded cinema: the projector. Specifically, participants will explore how to work with 16mm projection devices to allow an extension of their potential and a 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.


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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