Experiments For a Single Projector
films by Alex MacKenzie
Monday, July 31st 2023
Alex MacKenzie – Experiments For A Single Projector explores the potential of the 16mm film projection apparatus. Amplifying the possibilities of this refined and precise tool, this suite of expanded and performed works uses the mechanism to its fullest potential; manipulating, modifying and enhancing various aspects of its functionality. Found footage, painted filmstrips and light are transformed with beam interference, bipacked looping, focus, lens and shutter alterations to create radically transformed and dreamlike spaces—epic, immersive,and abstracted. The results shimmer across the screen, uniting “the cosmic with the microscopic…in an ecstatic splendour of light” (Marilyn Brakhage).
“Alex MacKenzie is the unequivocal master of contemporary Canadian expanded cinema: using rare and outdated technology with the deft touch of a visual alchemist, MacKenzie spins his stunning and mesmerizing anti-narratives using the detritus of cinematic history to create a completely unforgettable, and undeniably powerful, alternate vision.”
-Antimatter Film Festival
“MacKenzie is a key player in the revival of expanded cinema forms, having performed an array of super 8 and16mm projection works over the last twenty-five years. His projects stretch the possibilities of the analogue form,manipulating images to beyond our received expectations.”
-Chris Kennedy, Early Monthly Film Segments (Toronto)
Alex MacKenzie is a Canadian west-coast based media artist, designer, teacher, curator and writer,primarily focused on analog film and the hand-processed image. He creates works of expanded cinema, light projection installation, and projector performance. His films and performances have been presented at festivals,art galleries and underground spaces worldwide including Rotterdam, Oberhausen, EXiS (Seoul), Lightcone(Paris), Kino Arsenal (Berlin), LA Film Forum, San Francisco Exploratorium, Shapeshifters (Oakland), Microscope Gallery (New York), Centro de Cultura CDMX, Western Front Vancouver, Winnipeg Cinematheque, Pleasuredome Toronto, Cinematheque Quebecois, and many others.
Supported by Stadt Wien and Bundesministerium für Kunst, Kultur, öffentlichen Dienst und Sport.
Die Veranstaltung ist Teil unseres Jahresprogramms und wird gefördert durch die Kulturabteilung der Stadt Wien (MA7) das BMKÖS und den 2. Bezirk Leopoldstadt.