Photos from Expanding Cinema with Alex MacKenzie

March 20, 2013 § Leave a comment

EXPANDING CINEMA was a series of workshops organized and facilitated by Alex MacKenzie down at the Annex space between October 2012 and March 2013.

Taking a hands-on approach to the materiality of cinema, these workshops will demystify and dismantle the filmic process with a focus on expanded cinematic forms. From projector modification to film manipulation, MacKenzie will be leading each session customized to participant interests and shaped by their input. Over the course of several months, this series offers the potential to produce singular and collaborative works or installations to be presented in the new year. This is a hands-on conversation where the practical and theoretical are blended at the discretion of participants. Come with ideas, or come to be inspired. All skill levels welcome.

Potential zones explored, fused, and cross-fertilized included:
· Expanded Cinema: apparatus and methodology
· Handmade Emulsion: Creating Black and White Film Stock From Scratch
· Black and White Hand Processing
· Colour Hand Processing
· Cinema Rayograms (Photograms)
· Alternative Contact Printing Techniques
· Shooting, Processing. Editing, and Screening Super 8
· Operating the 35mm/16mm Steenbeck flatbed editor, conversion to contact printer, projector, etc.

Bio: Alex MacKenzie is a Vancouver-based experimental film artist working primarily with analog 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 others. 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 and Struts Gallery/Faucet Media in New Brunswick. 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). He was an Artist in Residence at Cineworks’ Analog Film Annex in Vancouver, where he developed Intertidal, an expanded cinema work. He recently completed commissioned films for PopFilm Montreal and the WNDX Situated Cinema project.

Below are photographs by Zoe Kirk-Gushowaty, 2013.
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