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.
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.
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.
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
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 email@example.com)
9 pm. performance evening performances by Anja Dornieden & Juan David Gonzales Monroy, Sarah Rifky
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.
In the earliest days of film, every screening was a performance; projectors were hand-cranked, sound was performed live. Today outside of the multiplex, analog filmmakers carry on the tradition of film as a unique experience.
For the third event in the LABORBERLIN 2.0 – FILM AIN’T DEAD crowd-funding initiative we’re happy to present an evening of expanded cinema created by LaborBerlin members and friends. Come and experience film beyond the limits of the single screen. Multiple projectors, multiple screens, live sound, and the warm glow of celluloid await you. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see film alive before your eyes.
All proceeds will be added to our campaign. Join the movement! Spread the word! FILM AIN’T DEAD!
BRIDGES TO CROSS by Deborah Phillips in collaboration with Ibrahim al Harasch (2016 I 10 min I 2 x slide projectors) PRETO E BRANCO by Distruktur in collaboration with Chatschatur Kanajan (violin + eletronics) (2015 I 10 min I 2 x 16mm) APOCALYPSE FOR YOU by Anja Dornieden & Juan David González Monroy (2014 I 20 min I 2x 16mm) DEMAIN by Igor Buharov, Guillaume Cailleau and Michel Balagué in collaboration with Amélie Legrand and Tatsumi Ryusui (2016 I 20 min I 16mm, Super8 & digital projection).
Date: Thursday, February 25 2016
Location: Ausland,Lychener Strasse 60, 10437 Berlin
FILM AIN’T DEAD and will never die. At least for us in LaborBerlin e.V. But for sure it gets more and more rare to show and watch films on film. For this screening we prepared a programme composed by 14 short films by LaborBerlin members, produced between 2002 and 2016. All of them will be projected in 16 and 35mm copies, many of them with optical sound. Come share with us this moment of true analog beauty. After the projection musical entertainment will be provided by mfx.
Thank you Ausland for the invitation and co-organization, specially Michael Freerix and Mario Michel.
71 (16mm, 7 min, 2005) by Deborah S Phillips Alcheringa (16mm, 4 min, 2016) by Björn Speidel Guido Möbius: Batagur Baska (35mm, 7 min, 2016) by Bernd Lützeler Copie Pirate – 2 Days in Paris (16mm, 3 min, 2007) by Irene Revolte Don’t Look Back / Labirinto (16mm, 6 min, 2012) by Distruktur Double Happiness (16mm, 6 min, 2016) by Sadashivam Rao Hotel Tubu (35mm, 4 min, 2002) by Igor & Ivan Buharov Johnny and the gooses (35mm, 6 min, 2009) by Igor & Ivan Buharov / Vasile Croat Release – Exercise with hair 1 (16mm, 3 min, 2016) by Imogen Heath Saindo de Roca Sales (16mm, 4 min, 2015) by Distruktur Schleusenroth – 3. Version (16mm, 14 min, 2014-16) by Volga Sepp Herberger (35mm, 7 min, 2014) by Björn Speidel Studie zur Farbe (16mm, 8 min, 2014) by Lucas Bueno Maia The Voice of God (35mm, 10 min, 2011) by Bernd Lützeler
Date: October 15 – 18, 2015
Location: Kino Arsenal, Potsdamer Straße 2, 10785 Berlin
We’re happy to announce that LaborBerlin members Anja Dornieden and Minze Tummescheit are showing recent work as part of the Künstlerinnenprogramm screening series at the Arsenal. Anja and co-director Juan David González will present their film The Masked Monkeys on Friday, October 16 and Minze and co-director Arne Hector will present their film Fictions & Futures #1 on Saturday, October 17. Their will be a discussion with the filmmakers after the screening.
Date: Thursday, October 15 2015
Location: kunstraum t27, Thomasstr. 27, 12053 Berlin
Projektionen in kunstraum t27 returns one last time to say goodbye. On Thursday, October 15, the final installment of the series will take place. To accompany the exhibition Genus Loci – Rekonstruktion eines Raums, Anja Dornieden, Juan David González Monroy and Deborah Phillips have put together an evening of films and film fragments in super 8 and 16mm film.
The organizers would like to thank everyone that joined them over the years in celebrating the ritual of shimmering light. Goodbye, goodbye, Farewell!
With works by Karin Albers, Rosi S.M., Ben Balcom, Joyce Wieland, Distruktur and Patrice Kirchhofer.
LaborBerlin is proud to host Lisa Marr and Paolo Davanzo from Echo Park Film Center in Los Angeles. Lisa and Paolo are in Berlin to produce another installment of their city-portrait series “The Sound We See”. They will also be presenting three screenings showcasing previous portraits.
Initially developed as part of Echo Park Film Center’s free youth filmmaking program in Los Angeles, The Sound We See uses analog filmmaking techniques (Super 8 and 16mm) and the “City Symphony” genre practiced in the 1920s by Walter Ruttmann and Dziga Vertov as starting points to explore communal creative process and contemporary environments. Discovering and redefining techniques of past avant-garde urban documentarians, teens, tweens, students, friends, film lovers of any age with little or no prior filmmaking experience will work with 8 / 16mm cameras and black & white stock to create a stunning 24-hour cinematic journey with each hour of the day represented as one minute on film. The films will be developed in eco-friendly soups using coffee, tea, vitamin c powder and washing soda. The Sound We See is an ongoing cinematic conversation on the relevance of handmade film in the 21st century.
Saturday, May 9, 9pm
Screening of The Sound We See: Hanoi at CLUB 39.
Sunday, May 17, 8pm
Screening of The Sound We See: Los Angeles & The Sound We See: Rotterdam at Regenbogenkino (Lausitzer Str. 22, Kreuzberg)
Friday, May 29, 9pm
Screening of The Sound We See: Berlin plus short films at Ausland (Lychener Str. 60, Prenzlauer Berg)
Date: Thursday, March 12 2015
Location: kunstraum t27, Thomasstr. 27, 12053 Berlin
Visiting filmmakers and co-programmers of the Balagan Film Series Stefan Grabowski and Mariya Nikiforova will be presenting a program of recent films by Boston-based filmmakers.
As onerous amounts of snow continue to bury the city of Boston and it’s surrounding areas, a nascent film collective is incubating beneath the frozen mantle. The goal, outlined in a meeting this past January, is to facilitate the continued practice of 16mm and Super-8 filmmaking by uniting the community and creating a shared workspace with access to resources that may be otherwise unobtainable.
Thanks in part to the numerous educational institutions which regularly draw in fresh students and established artists alike, Boston has long been a hub for experimental and avant-garde film; Yet these same institutions often leave the community feeling fragmented and precarious, as people leave when they are finished with the schools or when the schools finish with them. Still, as anyone working in the physical medium of film today can attest, there is a certain level of uncertainty that is intrinsically bound to the craft, and one must be tenacious to continue working in a medium constantly threatened with extinction.
The eight films in this program represent a small sampling of recent works by members of Boston’s local community. While each is quite different in approach – whether utilizing a homemade optical printer, direct-animation and photogram techniques, chemical manipulation of the emulsion, or in-camera editing – together they exemplify the enthusiastic resilience and high-degree of talent visible in Boston today.
With films by Kim Arnias, Brittany Gravely, Saul Levine, Xander Marro, Matt McWilliams, Robert Todd and Doug Urbank.