Sunday April 17, 7:30pm
An expanded cinema performance by Alex MacKenzie

From “Apparitions”, an expanded cinema performance for two 16mm projectors by Alex MacKenzie (2016) – image courtesy of the artist

Microscope welcomes Vancouver-based artist Alex MacKenzie to the gallery for the New York premiere of his 2016 expanded cinema performance “Apparitions”.

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 and the commercialization of thereof or 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 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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