Microscope welcomes Vancouver-based artist Alex MacKenzie to the gallery
for the New York premiere of his 2016 expanded cinema performance
MacKenzie employs found and original 16mm hand-processed footage - further
altered live with colored gels, masking, lens interference, and projector
movements in this fifty-five minute exploration of cinema an its "shift
from simple parlor trick into the realm of commodity". Field recordings,
analog synthesizers, and sampled elements are combined in the ambient drone
soundtrack by the artist.
MacKenzie continues his April/May tour of "Apparitions" with upcoming
performances in Boston and Chicago in the US and in Toronto, Montreal,
Gatineau, and London, Canada.
by Alex MacKenzie
dual 16mm projection, color and b&w, 2016, approx. 55 minutes
general admission $7
students with ID $5
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.
Microscope Gallery Events Series 2016 is sponsored, in part, by the Greater
New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural
Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).
With the underwriting support of the Robert D. Bielecki Foundation.
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