Introduction workshop – Crass Animation Stand

Date: Saturday, November 19 & Sunday, November 20 2016
Workshop: 10:00 – 17:00 both days
Location: LaborBerlin e.V., Prinzenallee 58, 13359 Berlin

This workshop is open to non-LaborBerlin members.
Previous processing experience is recommended, but not necessary.


Following Lutz Garmsen’s Crass Masterclass LaborBerlin announces its second Crass Animation Stand follow-up workshop. In this workshop participants will have the chance to learn the wide array of filmmaking tools that the animation stand offers. Taught by LaborBerlin members Antonio Castles and Lucas Maia present at the masterclass the workshop is intended for beginners with little to no experience with the equipment.

They will learn: how to load the camera, the basic operation of the camera and controls, simple animation techniques, double exposures, fades, rear projection as well as develop and print tests.

Participation is limited and pre-registration is required. To register for the workshop please send an email to

Workshop fee for non-members: 50 €


Pilot Residency Report – Andrew Kim

Report by Andrew Kim

As the LaborBerlin Pilot Artist in Residence (July 2016), I was asked to work with the lab’s newly acquired Crass Animation Stand and Optical Printer System. This was an opportunity to advance past work involving interference patterns, or the “Moiré effect”. Prior to the residency, I finished a film titled, Temples it Knows No Longer. This film employs animation and multiple exposure techniques, in combination with filtered light, to create a motion picture mandala. Here, superimposed colors rotate and blend according to patterns created by interlacing circles. In an effort to further develop this technique, I sought to replace moving images where there had previously been only colored light.

The process involved animating a matte, and from that, printing its reverse or counter matte.

Both seen here:

These matte elements were then optically printed, along with filmed footage, to create a composite of two moving images.

The tests can be seen here:

The footage brought together in these composite images was photographed at Field Station Berlin, located on the outskirts of what was formerly West Berlin. This site is significant as a bygone NSA “listening post”, an American installation designed to intercept East German transmissions. Though defunct, the Field Station inspired me to consider the contemporary debate concerning political boundaries in the United States, Europe, and elsewhere. I am exploring how the interference patterns, applied to such imagery, provide a way to visualize and assess this ongoing dialogue. The tests serve as part of a current project exploring the notion of borders (and crossings), both real and virtual.

As a side project I also created a short animation using a book purchased from a secondhand shop near LaborBerlin. The text, an instructional manual, comprises step-by-step images of Judo throws in sequence. I photographed them to reconstitute the movement inherent in these still images across time. It’s a fun movie. It’s called Umarmungen, or Hugs in English.



The Circle, the Triangle, the Rectangle and the Crossing

15.09-2016 — 18.09.2016, 15h – 20h
Studio Nina Fischer & Maroan el Sani, Auguststraße 26, 10117 Berlin

An installation of projectors, made by LaborBerlin members Antonio Castles and Lucas Maia, that deals with polarised light, the idea of stereoscopy and the decomposition of the moving image. It will be displayed in the studio of the artist duo Nina Fischer and Maroan el Sani (Fischer el Sani in the doorbell).


More information:


Sweet 16 – 16mm Workshop

Our artist-in-residence Andrew Kim taught a two day 16mm workshop (23.07 – 24.07.2016). Participants learned how to expose different b&w film stocks with a bolex camera and hand developed the footage as b&w reversal.

This workshop was part of RE MI. Photos by Laurence Favre.











Pilot Residency – Andrew Kim

LaborBerlin welcomes Andrew Kim as our first Artist-in-residence. Within the residency, Andrew will take advantage of our Crass Animation Stand and create a new work exploring the machine’s artistic possibilities.


As a compliment to his production work, Andrew will also lead a workshop (tba) and present two screenings which will feature his own films and a selection of films made by fellow Los Angeles based filmmakers.

July 15, 7pm – Frame, Re-Frame at Arsenal

July 24, 8pm – Oracles at Light Movement

Andrew Kim is an experimental filmmaker whose work is inspired by the material properties of cinema and its unique ability to exemplify abstract ideas and ineffable feelings. Combining formal experimentation with a concern for the phenomenology of the cinematic experience, Andrew’s films are an attempt to understand the movement of the mind. Ultimately, his films attempt to transcend the exact mechanics of motion pictures such that a film might articulate a new kind of knowledge.

His films have screened at a variety of venues and festivals including the Ann Arbor Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Festival du Nouveau Cinema (Montreal), Images Festival (Toronto), BAFICI (Buenos Aries), UnionDocs, and Los Angeles Filmforum, among others. Andrew lives in Los Angeles, California. There he is a staff member at the Echo Park Film Center and teaches film production at the California Institute of the Arts.

He will be in Berlin from July 10 until August 10.


Analogue Zone Finale: A festival about analogue film practice

Save the date: Analogue Zone Finale
June 16-19, 2016
Berlin / Cairo / Athens (2012-2016)

The project ANALOGUE ZONE (2012-2016) closes with film screenings at the Arsenal – Institute for film and video art and an exhibition, performances and a panel discussion at LaborBerlin / PA58 (Prinzenallee 58). An event with international guests – 16.06-19.06 2016.


ANALOGUE ZONE is a long term project based on a celluloid film training program, involving more than 40 film makers, artists, and amateurs from Egypt, Germany, and Greece. It took place in Cairo and Berlin between 2012 -2016. The workshops resulted in the collective production of around 30 analogue films which both document and bear witness to the initial questionings and responses of a generation of artists to the transition taking place in the region, and particularly Cairo.

The ANALOGUE ZONE FINALE presents films, film performances and film installations, which were produced during the program. The event opens on Thursday, the 16th of June with an exhibition and a book- and DVD publication connected to the program. Two film screenings at the Arsenal will show Super 8 and 16mm works of the participants. Highlight of the event takes place on Saturday, the 18th of June with panel discussion followed by a garden dinner and an performance evening at LaborBerlin’s new location at Prinzenallee 58​. The program consisted of three intensive, mostly practical workshops.

The first workshop established the first independent film lab in Cairo at the alternative film centre CIMATHEQUE through comprising 8 and 16 mm shooting and editing facilities, a processing laboratory, archive library, and screening facilities. During the workshops in Cairo and Berlin practical and technical knowledge about analogue film was mediated methodically, so the Egyptian participants got professional transporters of this knowledge. During the last workshop transnational collaborations were realized.

ANALOGUE ZONE is based on an intensive exchange between the independent film associations LaborBerlin and Cimatheque (Cairo) in cooperation with LabA (Athens). The project​ is funded by the European Cultural Foundation and the Senat Berlin​.​



Thursday, 16. of June

Place: LaborBerlin (Prinzenallee 58)
7 pm. reception, exhibition opening

“Analogue Zone” with works by Clara Bausch, Louly Seif and presentation of the ANALOGUE ZONE DVD.

– download detail info about 16/06 here!

Friday, 17. of June

8pm. film screening at the Arsenal Cinema (Potsdamer Straße 2)

A Stroll Down Sunflower Lane, Mayye Zayed, Egypt / Al Maraya, Gustavo Jahn & Melissa Dullius, Germany/ Egypt / ii, Theofanis de Lezioso, Egypt/ Greece / Acapella, Islam Safiyyudin Mohamed, Egypt / And the smile is red on red, Clara Bausch, Egypt/Germany / Apt. 5, Sama Waly, Egypt / Corner, Maged Nader, Egypt / The Panel, Vassily Bourikas, Egypt/Greece

– download detail info about 17/06 here!

Saturday, 18. of June

Place: LaborBerlin (Prinzenallee 58)

4 pm. panel discussion (Engl.) “Transnational collaboration projects and their sustainability” with Hana Al Bayaty, Sarah Rifky, Vassily Bourikas, Michel Balagué ​followed by a discussion with the Analogue Zone participants​

7 pm. Garden Dinner (please rsvp. to

9 pm. performance evening performances by Anja Dornieden & Juan David Gonzales Monroy, Sarah Rifky

– download detail info about 18/06 here!

Sunday, 19. of June

8pm. film screening at the Arsenal Cinema (Potsdamer Straße 2)

A Working Copy, Islam El Azazzi, Egypt Germany / Color Me, Ahmed Nour & Asma Abdallah, Egypt / Portraits, Maged Nader, Egypt / Falling into Oneself, Islam Safiyyudin & Tarek Hefny, Egypt / Love has other colors, Aida Elkashef & Laila Sami, Egypt / Dream Number 2, Amr Wishahy, Egypt / Plan B, Tarek Zaki, Egypt / ​​And round we go, Ian Douglas, Egypt / Triangulum, Gustavo Jahn & Melissa Dullius, Germany/ Egypt/ Brasil Artist and initiators of the program: Michel Balagué, Hana Al Bayaty, Tamer El Said, Vassily Bourikas, Islam el Azzazi, Maged Nager, Sarah Rifky, Gustavo Jahn, Clara Bausch, Juan David Gonzales Monroy & Anja Dornieden will be present.

– download detail info about 19/06 here!



ANALOGUE ZONE press ​contact:
Linn Löffler,, 015902837328
Elsa Geißler,, 017814433

The Projector As Instrument – PHOTOS

Floris Vanhoof spent two days this week with us teaching his workshop The Projector as Instrument. The group used contact printing and high contrast film to make loops which they subsequently altered through projection.

This workshop was part of the RE MI. Photos by Laurence Favre.









Workshop: The Projector As Instrument


Date: Monday, May 16 & Tuesday, May 17 2016
Workshop: 10:00 – 17:00 both days
Location: LaborBerlin e.V., Prinzenallee 58, 13359 Berlin

This workshop is open to non-LaborBerlin members.
Previous processing experience is recommended, but not necessary.

Floris Vanhoof_exhibition view_c Philippe De Gobert (5)

LaborBerlin is proud to welcome Floris Vanhoof to lead the first workshop of the RE-MI (Re-Engineering Moving Image) project. REMI is a cooperation project run by Mire (Nantes, FR), WORM.Filmwerkplaats (Rotterdam, NL) and LaborBerlin (Berlin, DE), focused on the creation, preservation and circulation of technical knowledge of analogue film in order to support its use as a creative medium.

Floris will lead participants in exploring the possibilities of the film projector as an artistic tool. Together they will shoot, develop and print footage in black and white and color which they will combine with multiple projectors to explore different techniques of loop phasing. Join us in transforming the projector from a passive device into an an instrument that can push the boundaries of perception. More information about the workshop can be found on here.

Floris Vanhoof from Antwerpen (BE), is a media-archeologist who deliberately chooses analogue technology, not for nostalgic reasons but because he wants to experiment with what once has been considered high-tech. His work also includes new technologies like microprocessors. Technology is not an end in itself but a means to explore new images, ideas and sounds in a poetic way.

Participation is limited and pre-registration is required. To register for the workshop please send an email to

Workshop fee for non-members: 50 €


Masterclass – Using and reusing Crass Animation Equipment

From April 11 to 15,  ten lab members worked with Lutz Garmsen to learn the ins and outs of the Crass animation and optical printing equipment. After 5 days of intense work we were able to set up a fully functioning animation table with the option of shooting on either 16, super 16 or 35mm, plus the option of using rear projection on 16mm. We also set up a optical printing bench that allows us to do 16mm optical printing and blow ups from 16mm to 35mm.
Thanks to Lutz Garmsen for all the help and guidance. We’re eager to see the great new works that the machines will allow LaborBerlin members to bring into the world!









Lutz Garmsen’s Crass Masterclass

Lutz Garmsen’s Crass Masterclass

Lutz Garmsen’s Crass Masterclass

Lutz Garmsen’s Crass Masterclass



This masterclass was part of the RE MI. Photos by Laurence Favre.
More information here.