Off the Screen with San Francisco Cinematheque: Teeming and Tenuous/Fleeting and Alive

Film Performances by Alex MacKenzie

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 • 7:00 p.m.

Exploratorium, Pier 15, Kanbar Forum

$10 General / $5 Exploratorium and San Francisco Cinematheque Members

All Ages

Celebrated for his innovative projection performances, film artist Alex MacKenzie travels from British Columbia to present a trio of fantastical, multi-screen cinematic works. Interested in exploring the chemistry, mechanics, and fragility of film as a medium, MacKenzie will present recent works examining remote geography and social norms, each featuring live manipulations of 16mm projectors.

Intertidal (2012) presents a submersive exploration of the tidal zones and marine life off the shores of Western Canada, from Nootka Sound on Vancouver Island to the tip of Naikoon on Haida Gwaii.

Logbook (2011) was made with handmade emulsions painted onto raw celluloid and filmed with a 1923 hand-cranked camera to create a visual investigation and catalogue of lives and moments passed on a remote island mountain on the Pacific Northwest coast of Canada.

This Charming Couple (2012) finds magic in the emulsion of a water-damaged amateur educational film.