alex mackenzie : mediaworks

pinhole park, 2021

pinhole park
35mm still photo installation and single channel, 11 minutes, 2021

Created using a 35mm film tin modified into an outward-looking 59-pinhole camera that registers images on a single film loop mounted in the tin. Each loop is exposed in one moment with 59 pinhole "lenses" to create as many distinct images that, when presented in series, create a panning of the landscape in various directions.

The work was exposed on outdated black & white 35mm print stock acquired from Archives Canada discards, and processed by hand in Caffenol chemistry, a less environmentally impactful developer made with coffee, vitamin C and washing soda.

The film and photographs document a city park (Burrard View Park in Vancouver—unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm Musqueam, sḵwx̱wú7mesh Squamish, and səlilwətaɬ Tsleil-Waututh nations)—using light, motion, abstraction and film chemistry to render a near-empty space re-activated during the pandemic.

The installationversion of this work includes large format 35mm photographs, the filming device on display (the perforated film can mounted on a tripod), and the original film as above, transferred to digital video and presented on a wall in the gallery.