Max Lester
Mar 20, 2021
1 to 4 PM

Expanding on the Real: Experiments in Adobe After Effects

Online via Zoom — Register Here!

This intermediate workshop led by Max Lester will demonstrate how to retool Adobe After Effects for experiments with abstraction and digital assemblage. This software is a powerful tool for motion graphics and visual effects that allows artists to alter or create imagined new realities from existing footage. We will play with digital plasticity through intuitive gesture and distortion to pursue atypical modes of world-building and expand on reality.

Please note that this is a three-hour workshop with only *one session* — a previous announcement erroneously advertised this event as being a two-part series.

Workshop Setup/Requirements:

Please make sure to prepare and test out this setup well before the workshop. If you run into any issues with installing or using this software, contact for troubleshooting advice.

Registration Details: Eventbrite registration is mandatory for participation. Registration is PWYC (pay-what-you-can, $20 suggested donation). Please note that the fee can be waived if it is a financial barrier to participation – please send an email to and we will manually register you to the workshop. All registrants will receive an email confirmation after registering and will receive the Zoom event link the day of the workshop. Contact if you have any questions.

Cancellation and Rescheduling Policy: We are unable to accommodate attendee cancellations or refunds less than 1 week prior to a workshop or event. InterAccess reserves the right to cancel or reschedule this workshop if necessary.

About the Instructor: 

In his work, Max Lester addresses the systems, structures, and conditions entangled in the lives of people and objects and the alienation experienced by those living under capitalism. In considering the translation of dominant ideology as it manifests in the organization and building of physical space, Max misuses and reorganizes familiar objects and building materials in order to reorient and gain different perspectives. Incorporating experimental video and sound-making, material exploration, and the use of found images and objects, his work utilizes the layering of meaning and material in order to capture and reproduce the affectual experiences that cause ruptures in the fabric of day-to-day life. Combining a process of textual and material research with intuitive gestures, Max’s work is often provisional and propositional, allowing room for speculation.

Questions? If you have any questions about the workshop or require additional support, please contact us at


PWYC admission for this workshop is made possible thanks to the generous support of EQ Bank.
EQ Bank is the digital banking platform launched in 2016 by Equitable Bank, Canada’s Challenger Bank™. As an all-digital financial institution, EQ Bank continually challenges the status quo to bring better banking solutions to Canadians. We are proud to celebrate and elevate the work of emerging digital artists and contribute to the growth of digital arts practice across Canada. To learn more, visit

Cover image: Still from Bad Circuit, 2020. Courtesy of Max Lester.

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