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

Date: Friday, June 9 2017
Screening: 8:30 pm
Location: LaborBerlin, Prinzenallee 59, 13359 Berlin

Polta—A House Full of Dust

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.

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
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.

Film Ain’t Dead – Black & White Film Workshop

Black & White Film Workshop – Intro to 16mm filmmaking and hand processing
Instructor: Anja Dornieden & Juan David González Monroy
12.11 – 13.11.2016

As part of the crowdfunding campaign LaborBerlin 2.0 - Film Ain’t Dead

http://www.laborberlin-film.org/laborberlin-filmaintdead

Bring Your Own Archive

Date: Sunday, December 11 2016
Workshop: 14:00 – 16:30
Location: LaborBerlin e.V., Prinzenallee 58, 13359 Berlin

Free entry, no booking required. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.

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Screen Bandita invite you to an friendly, participatory community gathering. Together, we’ll be exploring personal archival materials and the many ways to revitalise and reinvent them through creative projects. Session runs between 2.00-4.30 and comprises of two segments.

First half: 2.00-3.00
A welcoming space in which to to share, speak and listen. Bring an object, memory, song, text, 8mm or 16mm film, photograph or slide that means something to you to share with the group. An opportunity to connect with others through memories and personal artifacts!

Second Half: 3.30-4.30

An open discussion where all voices and thoughts are very welcome. We will be asking questions such as: Where can I find myself in an archive? how can one connect emotionally with archival material? how can archival material be revitalised and engaged imaginatively and creatively?

All interested individuals, artists, students, archivists etc most welcome. No experience or special knowledge necessary!

Screen Bandita are the Edinburgh and Melbourne-based collective of Lydia Beilby and Leanora Olmi.The duo create performative, live-cinema works using archival, found 8mm and 16mm film, slides, photographs and ephemera as source materials. Through the exploration of the ‘forgotten’ and obsolete elements of photochemical film, the analogue projection medium and visual culture, Screen Bandita forge elemental links with the past, while creating new participatory pieces very much rooted in the present. Within their work they aim to foreground the notion of archives as vibrant, living entities to be constantly reinvigorated, reinterpreted, reinvented and debated.

Any questions? Email us at screenbandita@gmail.com

 

Various Positions: Works from Double Negative

Date: Wednesday, November 16 2016
Screening: 8:00 pm
Location: bi’bak, Prinzenallee 59, 13359 Berlin
 
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LaborBerlin is proud to host Philippe Leonard from Double Negative in Montréal. Philippe will be showing the program “Various Positions”, which gives a glimpse of recent films made at this artist-run film lab.

With films by Philippe Leonard, Charles-André Coderre, Erin Weisgerber, Malena Szlam, Karl Lemieux and David Bryant, Shannon Harri and Eduardo Menz.

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.

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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 labor.organisation@gmail.com

Workshop fee for non-members: 50 €

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