Alternative Emulsions

Date: September 23 – 24, 2017
Workshop: 10am – 5pm (both days)
Location: LaborBerlin, Prinzenallee 58, 13359 Berlin

This workshop is open to non-LaborBerlin members. Participation is limited and pre-registration is required. To register for the workshop please send an email to labor.organisation@gmail.com
Workshop fee for non-members: 50 €

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A hands-on workshop that concentrates on two distinct Alternative Emulsion processes; Cyanotype, an iron emulsion process that produces a striking Prussian Blue image and Van Dyke Brown, an iron/silver emulsion that produces a beautiful and painterly sepia coloured image.

An intensive introduction into the alchemical nature of moving images showing a variety onto alternative, light sensitive, emulsions. We will explore the arts of home­brewed film emulsions and explore a variety of options for coating the emulsion onto 16mm film. A basic chemistry lesson will be provided to introduce the essential make-­up of these emulsions, followed by the creation of the emulsion in a darkroom. These emulsions will be created from scratch, using the key ingredient in the production of alternative emulsion:  ferric ammonium citrate. With our handmade film stock we will: expose photograms, make contact prints and hand­-process the results so they are ready for projection.

This practical workshop is suitable for anyone with an interest in film, photography, printing, art or working without computers. Making alternative emulsions is easy, the results are supercharged, the chemicals required are cheap and relatively safe and you can adapt most of the operations to your living room. The workshop covers every aspect of homebrewing alternatively, from coating 16mm film, making an exposure, developing the print and toning the final image. Participants will finish with a solid understanding of each process, its chemistry and practical tips to use in their own practice. Homebrew emulsions have a distinct and wonderful look to them that cannot be duplicated by other means and provide a wonderful basis for nearly endless experimentation. See the results by the end of the session! All chemicals, protective wear, and supplies are included.

Many of the alternative emulsions in use today are variants of the non-silver processes developed by Sir John Herschel in 1842 and they are among the oldest of all photographic processes. His Cyanotype is the original sun-light printing process and distinctive for producing rich, Prussian blue monochromatic prints, Cyanotype was used well into the 20th century as an inexpensive method for reproducing photographs, documents, maps and plans (hence the enduring architectural term “blueprint”), as well as for making impressions of biological specimens in the field (“photograms”). Another process, the Van Dyke Brown process, was named for the resemblance of the print color to the brown oil paint named for the Flemish painter Van Dyck. Both Cyanotype as Van Dyke Brown emulsions are very simple and economical to make and use water not only to develop the image but also to fix it and wash away the non-image-forming chemicals.

Esther Urlus is a Rotterdam-based artist working with motion picture film formats Super8, 16mm and 35mm. Resulting in films, performances and installations, her works always arise from DIY methods. Urlus’ work has been exhibited and screened at film festivals worldwide, among other 25FPS Festival Zagreb, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Oberhausen Short Film Festival, Sonic Acts, and the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Urlus is the founder of WORM Filmwerkplaats, Rotterdam, an artist-run workspace dedicated to motion picture film as an artistic, expressive medium.

Statement:
“In my film work I create a link between specific historical events and stories and the (re) use of analog film techniques and inventions from the early days of photography and cinematography. I force a sometimes alienating parallel between the events or the story and the cinematic technique, to enhance the impact of the image. In addition, I create my own film material, literally, by mixing iron or silver compounds and salt with gelatin and water to form a light-sensitive emulsions. I’m not looking for a naturalist, commercial like film material, outcome. I intend to create unique components that, by its singularity, generates a special and cinematic experience. ”

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Analog Workshop

Date: August 18 – 23, 2017
Location: LaborBerlin, Arsenal, Silent Green, Kornmanufaktur

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LaborBerlin is proud to announce a new, comprehensive film workshop in collaboration with Arsenal – Institute für Film und Videokunst.

The more we are dedicated to preserving, rediscovering, and revitalizing archival films, the more we have to make sure that there is enough competence in dealing with analog film material in the future.

For this reason we are offering a six-day analog workshop for the first time. Arsenal members and partners will accompany the participants through the entire process: from producing a 16mm film, to digitizing it, then on to projecting it in the cinema, with added insights into archiving and caring for prints. The last day will involve a tour of the archive.

The workshop will delve into the various working areas, covering the basics with equal parts theory and practice. Starting in 2019 the Arsenal will be offering extended workshops in the specific areas.

The participation fee is 350 Euro, reduced 300 Euro. This includes one role of 16mm material to create a film, and cameras will be available for use. No previous knowledge necessary. Anyone interested can register at analog@arsenal-berlin.de. The number of participants is limited.

More info here.

She Tales

Date: Friday, June 30 2017
Doors open 8 pm
Films start 9 pm
Location: Ausland – Lychener Str. 60, 10437 Berlin

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She Tales is a collective screening from both past and present female members of LaborBerlin. The wide spectrum of analogue methodologies in this non-thematic screening reflects the diverse constellations of conceptual and aesthetic pursuits of filmmakerin working at LaborBerlin.

Program:

Wald
Clara Bausch

Blurred II
Sari Maarit Cedergren

Oração ao Tempo
Melissa Dullius

Leaving-Verlassen
Katrin Eissing

Work in progress
Laurence Favre

Bilderbuch
Luisa Greenfield

Self portrait as self care as war fare
Imogen Heath

Personal Space
Margie Medlin

A dream of becoming 24 eyes, 4 paralell brains & 360 vision
Doirean O’Malley

Purim
Deborah S. Phillips

Sea of Vapors
Sylvia Schedelbauer

Beyrouth, Automne 2005
Leïla Saadna

Work in progress_copie zéro
Sophie Watzlawick

Cinema of Ruins

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CINEMA OF RUINS workshop by Solomon Nagler 

Artists working with celluloid are migrating beyond the cinema, into galleries and in public spaces. The architecture of projection and the apparatuses of presentation are recontextualized, often incorporating sculptural works that dynamically augment the content of the film material.

This workshop explores intersections of architecture, installation art and celluloid cinema. Participants will create sculptural film works on  high-contrast 16mm film, which will be processed using Morse tanks. Participants will exhibit their work in public space, and are encouraged to work collaboratively to explore spatial perspective, as well as intersections between projection and form.  

Date: July 23rd – 29th 2017 Location: LaborBerlin e.V., Prinzenallee 58, 13359 Berlin This workshop is open to non-LaborBerlin members. Participation is limited and pre-registration is required. To register for the workshop please send an email to labor.organisation@gmail.com Workshop fee for non-members: 50 €

Number of participants:   around 12
Material: 16mm Film material (Kodak 3374) and developing chemistry are provided
Cameras: if possible, participants should bring their 16mm cameras. Since shooting can be done in groups, it’s okay if not everyone has their own camera.
Location:  The first two days of the workshop will take place at LaborBerlin and Theatre Space at Prinzenallee 58 .
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Workshop Schedule
Sunday July 23rd (all day) – at theatre-room and lab at Prinzenallee 58
Introductions of key concepts and review of readings handed out prior to the workshop. Viewing and discussion of sculptural cinema works. Bolex review, test shoot in groups.
Monday July 24th (all day) - at theatre-room and lab
Morse Tank workshop and processing of test footage. Creation of collaborative teams, design and sculpture intensive with Interdisciplinary artist Angela Henderson.
July 25th to July 28th
Independent Work Week. Participants will have full access to the lab to work independently on their projects. A review and crit of works in progress will be conducted in the evening of Wednesday, July 26th.  
July 29th (evening)
Exhibition of Collaborative works . Artists will select a location (preferably within close vicinity of  one another) to exhibit their work. All technical specifications (including projection and sculptural material) must be prepared and ready to show well in advance to the exhibition.
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Solomon Nagler’s films have been featured in Retrospectives at the Winnipeg Cinematheque, Excentris Cinema in Montreal, the Festival de le Cinéma Different in Paris, The Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers, The Canadian Film Institute in Ottawa, Robert Heald Gallery in Wellington, New Zealand, The Artist Film Workshop in Melbourne, Australia and the Cinematheque Quebecoise. His work also includes 16mm celluloid installations that engage with experimental architecture in galleries and public space. These works have been exhibited at the Toronto International Film Festival, 8-11 Gallery (Toronto), Artspace Gallery (Sydney, Australia), Send and Receive Festival of Sound (Winnipeg) and The Halifax Independent Filmmakers’ Festival. Originally from Winnipeg, Solomon Nagler is co-founder of WNDX: Festival of the Moving Image in Winnipeg and currently lives in Halifax where he is a professor of film production at NSCAD University.

For more information, please visit the artist’s website.

 

We Live In Cities/Life Without Buildings: Films by Steve Polta

Date: Friday, June 9 2017
Screening: 8:30 pm
Location: LaborBerlin, Prinzenallee 58, 13359 Berlin

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LaborBerlin is proud to host Steve Polta, who will join us in person to present a screening of his films on Super 8 and 16mm.

“Bay area artist Steve Polta, who has been producing a body of films, mostly on Super 8, over the past two decades that are as exquisitely nuanced as they are rarely seen. Each film presents a narrow window onto the ordinary world, prodded by subtle observation until it yields images of ethereal beauty.” (Rick Bahto: Echo Park Film Center)

Program:
Red Sketch (1997); Super 8, color, sound, 6 min
Interval Oakland 99 (2000); Super 8, color, silent, 3 min
Departure (1997); Super 8, color, sound, 7 min
Picture Window (1996); Super 8, color, sound, 10 min
Minnesota Landscape (1997); 16mm; color, silent, 10 min
Estuary #1 (1998); Super 8, color, sound, 10 min
The Berries (2000); Super 8, color, silent, 3 min
Summer Rain for LMC, side A (2007/2011); Super 8, color, silent, 3 min
Summer Rain for LMC, side B (2007/2011); Super 8, color, silent, 3 min
A House Full of Dust (2007); Super 8, color, silent, 10 min

Steve Polta —sometimes filmmaker, former San Francisco taxi driver— is the Artistic Director of San Francisco Cinematheque. He holds a BA in Film Studies from UC Berkeley, an MFA in Filmmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute and a Masters of Library and Information Science degree from San Jose State University. His writings on film have been published in INCITE! A Journal of Media and Radical Aesthetics; Radical Light: Alternative Film & Video in the San Francisco Bay Area 1945–2000; and Un­Dependently Yours: Imagining a World Beyond the Red Carpet. His own films have screened in film festivals and alternative film venues all over the place, including Anthology Film Archives, Black Hole Cinematheque, the Echo Park Film Center, Chicago Filmmakers, the Images Festival, the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the New York Film Festival’s Views from the Avant-Garde, SFMOMA, Pacific Film Archive, the Pusan Film Festival the Robert Beck Memorial Cinema and the Whitney Museum of American Art. In 2014 he was awarded a fellowship by the Andy Warhol Foundation in support of research on contemporary and historic performance cinema; a year­long series based on this research was presented by Cinematheque in 2016.

Steve Polta’s presence is supported by
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LaborBerlin Opening

Date: Saturday,  May 6 2017, from 4pm on
Location: LaborBerlin e.V., Prinzenallee 58, 13359 Berlin

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Friends, friends of friends, sons and daughters of friends, supporters and prospective members!

Please join us for the grand re-opening of LaborBerlin! After the success of our crowdfunding campaign FILM AIN’T DEAD we want to share with you the fruit of our collective efforts. We will also introduce our collaborative project REMI with films by our partner labs Filmwerkplaats (NL) and Mire (FR). Have some food and drinks, take a tour, have a look at our wonderful new facilities, watch films or just hang out with us and have a good time!

REMI Program (8pm):
TEST LOOPFACES – Antoine Ledroit + Pierre Pierre Pierre (35mm I approx 5’)
UNTITLED (MOROCCO) – Laure Peigné (Super 8 | 3’22″)
S.N.O.W.
- Judith van der Made (16mm | 2’37″)
EVERY PRIMITIVE SPACE COMMUNE - Marcy Saude (16mm | 2’50″)
COLLÉ-SERRÉ – Carole Thibaud (16mm I 3’30″)
L|R-INTRODUCTION - Will Rifer (16mm I 2’10″)
UNTITLED – Stéphane Racine (Super8 I 5′)
CORTOPUNK – Carole Thibaud (Super8 transferred to digital I 3’18″)
UNTITLED (24XH2O) REDUX  (PRODUCER’S CUT ) – Thomas Chatard + Antoine Ledroit (35mm I 5’)
THE CAPTURED LIGHT OF AN INSTANT - Lichun Tseng (35mm | 20′)
SILLAGES#2 – Antoine Ledroit & Aurélie Percevault (16mm I 5’20″)
THEN LET’S KEEP DANCING – Aurélie Percevault (16mm I 2’)
DELETION - Esther Urlus (35mm | 12′)

And on Sunday (May 7), to cap off our celebration, LaborBerlin members, Philip Widmann, Bernd Lützeler, Anja Dornieden and Juan David Gonzalez Monroy will be presenting their latest films in a special screening at Arsenal at 4:30pm.

Arsenal Program:
DAS GESTELL – Philip Widmann (Super8 transferred to digital I 30′)
HELIOPOLIS HELIOPOLIS – Anja Dornieden and Juan David Gonzalez Monroy (16mm I 25′)
CAMERA THREAT – Bernd Lützeler (35mm & DCP I 29′)

Join us!

Color Cross Processing Workshop

Date: Monday, March 13 2017
Workshop: 10:00 – 17:00
Location: LaborBerlin e.V., Prinzenallee 58, 13359 Berlin

This workshop is open to non-LaborBerlin members.

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During this workshop, you will learn a process improved and designed to try and emulate Kodak Ektachrome film. This film offered beautifully saturated and rich colors. Since Ektachrome has been discontinued there is no longer color reversal motion picture film. Through a few years of testing, Z. Hart was able to achieve what he believes are beautiful and close to accurate colors. This is possible through cross processing negative emulsions in E-6 chemistry. He uses the Tetenal 3 bath E-6 developing kit and has increased the time and temperatures to very specific spots. With a good exposure in the camera and careful processing of the film, you’ll get great results.

You can find an example here.

Zach Hart is a filmmaker and teacher for Mono No Aware in New York, USA. He has also taught and screened at Hampshire College, Bard College, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and Echo Park Film Center to name a few.

Participation is limited and pre-registration is required. To register for the workshop please send an email to labor.organisation@gmail.com

Workshop fee for non-members: 40 €

DIFFRAKTION #7

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Silent Green Kulturquartier – Gerichtstraße 35, 13347 Berlin
Doors open 19h30 starts at 20h – Admission: 8 /10 Euro

LaborBerlin e.V. is pleased to present the 7th edition of DIFFRAKTION, the annual showcase of new film works by its members and special guests.

This year’s DIFFRAKTION welcomes two guests. The Austrian artist-run film lab, Filmkoop Wien will present a program of films made by members of their artist-run film lab and, London-based artist, Sally Golding will perform an expanded cinema piece where light and sound play off each other to create new perceptual possibilities.

LaborBerlin e.V. will show a program of new films and film performances by members, all shot on film and projected in various formats ranging from super 8, 16mm, 35mm to digital. As always the films range widely in thematic approach yet they all explore the unique and ever expanding qualities of analog film.

 

PROGRAM

Viktoria Schmid

8 PM – Cinematic Illuminations from Vienna
Works from the Filmkoop Wien presented by Noel Dinse, Viktoria Schmidt and Michel Strümpf

The Filmkoop Wien provides a unique space in Austria for independent work with analog film. Since its foundation in 2008 by graduates of the Friedl Kubelka’s school for independent film, it has created a bridge between the viennese art and film scenes.

Cínematographe by Rosa John 2012/2016/ Super8/ 1 min
Jícaro by Rosa John 2016/ 16mm/ 2min
Ghost Copy, Found Footage by Christiana Perschon 2016/ various film formats transferred to video/ 2 min
Numb by Isabella Brunäcker 2016/ 16mm/ 4 min
Ferragosto by Alina Tretinjak 2016/ 16mm blow-up from Super8/ 2 min
Manuell by Theo Maier 2016/ 16mm/ 3min
Untitled by Noel Dinse 2016/ 16mm/ 3 min
Water from Grain by Josephine Ahnelt 2013/ 16mm blow-up from Super8/ 13 min
In seiner Form eingeschlafen by Antoinette Zwirchmayr 2016/ 16mm/ 3min
Square Dance, Los Angeles County, California by Sílvia das Fadas 2013/ 16mm/ 9 min
Pushing it by Stefanie Weberhofer and Renato Unterberg 2014/ Super8 & 16mm transferred to video/ 3min
Trailer Filmkoop Wien by Stefanie Weberhofer

INTERMISSION
Attempt to film wind by Viktoria Schmid 2016/ 3x 16mm loops

 

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9 PM – New Films and Performances by members of LaborBerlin

A Soundfilm by Bernd Lützeler 2017/ Super8/ 5 min
Mosaïc by Deborah S. Phillips 2001/ 35mm/ 14 min (1st roll)
Blurred I + II by Sari Maarit Cedergren 2016/ Super8/ 3 min
Twilight by Björn Speidel 2017/ 2x 16mm/ 5 min
The Sea of Shame by Klara Ravat 2016/ 16mm transferred to video/ 6 min
Resistance by Laurence Favre 2017/ 16mm/ 10 min – Work in progress
Kairos und KungFu-Modelle der Unendlichkeit 2 by Katrin Eissing 1997/2017/ 35mm/ 6min
Fultu Faltu Film by Bernd Lützeler 2017/ 35mm/ 2 min
Projekt-Union by Dr. Globus & die Projektionen 2017/ Super8/ 3min
New Museum of Mankind by Anja Dornieden & J.D. González Monroy 2016/ 2x 16mm/ 30 min

 

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11 PM – Light Begets Sound by Sally Golding

Light Begets Sound is a durational performance focussing on the phasing of both 16mm projector and LED lights, articulated through custom software and custom built light sensitive instruments. On the nature of listening and seeing, the piece investigates audiovisual hallucinogenic perception through mixing desk input and feedback, and analog and digital light combinations onto a prepared screen.