Inspired by early stereo imaging, Apparitions seeks to dismantle cinematic codes while foregrounding projector and light as sculpture. For this two-projector film, MacKenzie uses colour


Front On Line Site Launch

The following text is taken from Front Magazine, vol. VI, no. 5, p. 7, May/June 1995: The presence of the Western Front on the World Wide Web


Artist Talk

Visiting artists Bik Van der Pol (Rotterdam, the Netherlands) discuss their collaborative research-driven practice.


Tales for a New World, The Short Tale of Little Lizzie Borden, The Headless Woman

The following text is taken from Front Magazine, vol. IX, no. 3, p. 6, Jan/Feb 1998:

“What happens when the Lone Ranger takes off the mask? When the fabric slips and rips and shifts? What happens when the mask falls, leaving her naked between the bridge and the brow?

Well, it turns Tonto on. Tonto, who’s not Tonto yet. Tonto, the butchest woman of the Sierra Madre, who left her mixed Chicano/Pueblo parents behind to throw tomahawks in a circus side-show. Tonto, who can eat glass, swallow fire, and grow a beard to boot, who does so with pleasure, and was in fact doing just that when the circus got busted. When the stranger rode into town, white horse flesh between thighs, hat and belt worn low. The Lonely Ranger. Here to expose the grift, the graft, the ballyhoo, all the while holding tight her own secret, her own illusion, while laying bare the evil of tricks and trickery, the un-American nature of games of chance. “You have to work hard to get nothing. You can’t just get nothing for nothing easy.”

Except Tonto, who wasn’t Tonto yet. Tonto was easy.” – from The Lesbian Love Story of The Lone Ranger and Tonto.

– Artist in Residence 31/01/1998

Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan will be at the Western Front Jan. 9-31, editing their half-hour tape, “The Headless Woman.” They will also be performing a selection from “Tales of The New World,” an on-going body of oral work, on Jan. 31. “Tales of The New World” insert our sexual selves into the myths of Americana.


Square One: Eight Fold

Square One is a diverse group of youth from the Burnaby School District that explores a fusion of musical genres. This concert presentation includes new