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CINEMA + LIGHT: FILM PERFORMANCES by ALEX MACKENZIE AND HEIDI PHILLIPS

SAT, MAR 6 / 7 pm
Special event pricing - all admissions $5

Filmmakers Alex Mackenzie (Vancouver) and Heidi Phillips (Winnipeg) will perform new work each working with their own tools – Alex uses hand processed loops and rare analytic projectors while Heidi continues to work with found footage, working in scratch marks and chemical spills to escape the slick production look of modern technology.

PART I: ALEX MACKENZIE
Periphery (Part 1) – Performance-based and hand processed in black and white, this piece is inspired by remote mountain observations; an exploration of the broad surfaces and invisible minutiae of an island, and a looking out and inward. This work premiered as a part of the Damp: Contemporary Vancouver Media Arts book launch at the Pacific Cinematheque in Vancouver.

Goldenfleaf 2 – Initially borne of the visual and mechanical potential of a regular 8mm analytic projector that projects a double-width image of unsplit 16mm gauge film. This is the first of two hand-processed pieces made for this projector (the second being Loom). Edited entirely in-camera, the piece was shot on outdated Kodachrome 40 and hand-processed in black and white, then left to lie, half buried, in the backyard where it was shot for a week. Originally commissioned for the PDX (Portland) Experimental & Documentary Film Festival, the film is an exploration of the still-standing last season dead plants mixed with the newly blooming of the current season, the backyard transformation embedded in and on the film’s surface.

fixed: view | sky | rail – Hand processed and treated live using both looping and lens manipulations on two 16mm projectors. This triptych reframes frames, flattens vies and exposes surfaces in order to see through and beyond the moment. Three distinct moments are used as starting points, each simultaneously static and in motion. Sound is drawn and manipulated from the 16mm hum and clatter, along with the emulsion elements which find their way onto the optical audio track.

ABOUT ALEX MACKENZIE
Alex MacKenzie has been working as a media artist for over 15 years with a focus on various models of expanded cinema and light projection involving the handmade image. He was the founder and curator of the Edison Electric Gallery of Moving Images, the Blinding Light!! Cinema and the Vancouver Underground Film Festival. His live media works are presented at festivals and underground screening spaces throughout Europe and North America, most recently on a tour of the British Isles which included The Leeds International Film Festival, Cork Film Festival, no.w.here in London, and the 7 Inch Cinema in Birmingham. He is currently designing handmade film emulsions and manually-powered projection devices for gallery installation and live performance.
PART II: HEIDI PHILLIPS

Residual – Residual is an improvisational live performance whereby Phillips uses experimental darkroom techniques to manipulate footage of abandoned farmhouses, shacks and churches. Several projections accompanied by multi-channel sounds transform the desolate prairie landscape into a wasteland that verges on apocalyptic. Declining physicality also occurs in the film medium itself, as Phillips includes her own process as part of the work. The roughened textures, scratch marks and chemical spills are a deliberate move to contradict the slick production values in contemporary media. Residual invites the viewer to re-experience forgotten prairie dwellings as our own haunted, soulless spaces.

ABOUT HEIDI PHILLIPS
Influenced by the likes of Peter Tscherkassky and Janet Cardiff, Winnipeg-based Heidi Phillips’ art practice straddles experimental film and installation art. Her film work has been screened in such festivals as Transmediale (Berlin) and Images (Toronto). Phillips’ installation piece Revival showed at Ace Art in Winnipeg in the spring of 2009. She completed her MFA from Transart Institute in Austria in August of 2008.

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