Expanded Cinema Workshop with Alex MacKenzie

Co-presented by Canyon Cinema 50 and the San Francisco Cinematheque

Saturday, March 11, 2017 • Noon–4:00 p.m.

Kanbar Forum

$20 General; $10 Members


"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"

In this workshop, media artist Alex MacKenzie offers a closer look at the original engine of expanded cinema: the film projector. Learn how to work with 16mm projection devices and consider ways to extend their potential and repurpose their function. Examine the elements of projection—light, lens, focal plane, film gate, speed, shutter, motor, bulb, screen—with a hands-on approach and discuss works of contemporary as well as historically significant artists. You’ll have the opportunity to try out various techniques and leave with a deeper understanding of these interconnected elements as well as the 16mm projector itself.

Presented in conjunction with Canyon Cinema 50, this event is part of a yearlong series of programming in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Canyon Cinema's incorporation.

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.