Mar 5 2020

7:30PM 9:30PM

Mar 6 2020


Mar 5 2020 9:30PM





RT: 20:00 Alex MacKenzie

Phosphene 2 X 16mm performance. Using carefully orchestrated lens interference with colour gels, frame-edge masking, vignetting and glass objects, Phosphene induces a variation on closed-eye vision and non-light hallucination: a subtly immersive and sublime sculpting of light. Created with a series of film loops rendered individually with sprayed paint, scraped and abraded softened black emulsion, pin and hole punctures, india ink craquelure and meticulous frame by frame application.

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.


Liquid Conglomerate Presence Cycle

RT: 40:00 MSHR (Brenna Murphy and Birch Cooper)

MSHR improvises with cybernetic instruments through a sequence of gestural interfaces. The systems used in the piece are based on feedback between light and sound and the physical interaction of the players with their unique instruments. These instruments are designed and constructed by MSHR, combining handmade analog hardware and programmed software instruments. MSHR act as agents within a synthetic ecosystem, improvising inside the electronic frameworks they have constructed.

MSHR is the art collective of Birch Cooper and Brenna Murphy. The duo collaboratively builds and explores sculptural electronic systems that take shape as installations and performances. Their practice is a self-transforming cybernetic entity with its outputs patched into its inputs, the resulting emergent form serving as its navigational system.

In the past year, they have performed for Ruang Gulma in Yogyakarta, Neighbors in Bangkok, The Bangkok Noise Festival, Liquid Architecture in Melbourne, a Japan tour with Shinji Masuko and Moan, Coaxial in Los Angeles, The San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, Somewhere Else in Portland, The Moscow International Experimental Film Festival, De Player in Rotterdam, Cashmere Radio in Berlin, Canicas in Oaxaca.

The Sick Sense, Part 3

left/right/wrong (or, RGB and You and Me) - The Sick Sense, Part 3 (for Diana Deutsch)

RT: 15:00 Brent Coughenour

Phasing, color blending modes and the verbal transformation effect combine to create a sensory overload spurring a variety of auditory and visual hallucinatory phenomena and depth illusions, a series of techniques clinically proven to have salutary effects on depression, schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, chronophobia, and other maladies of the mind.

Brent Coughenour is a media artist originally from the Motor City, currently based in the Golden State, whose most recent work incorporates computer programming for live manipulation of sound and image. He has presented his work at a variety of festivals and venues throughout the U.S. and internationally and is distributed by Video Data Bank.

Relict: A Phantasmagoria

Relict: A Phantasmagoria

Melissa Ferrari 35:00

Relict: A Phantasmagoria is an experimental documentary performed with antique magic lanterns and hand-drawn animation. Invoking the history of magic lantern phantasmagoria as an exercise in belief and perception, Relict considers the zeitgeist of pseudoscience, fake news, religion, and documentary ethics collapsed within contemporary cryptozoology.

Melissa Ferrari is an experimental animator, nonfiction filmmaker, and magic lanternist who seeks to acquaint folklores of the past with contemporary culture. Her practice engages with the politics of contemporary cryptozoology and skepticism, the history of phantasmagoria and documentary, and the mythification of current science and pseudoscience. Originally from Virginia, Melissa is now based in Los Angeles where she recently received an Experimental Animation M.F.A. from CalArts. Her films and magic lantern performances have been shown internationally in venues such as the Ottawa International Animation Festival, Hauser & Wirth, Ann Arbor Film Festival & Slamdance Film Festival. Melissa currently teaches at Whittier College and the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts.