LaborBerlin at Directors Lounge


LaborBerlin is pleased to present a selection of films and a performance by its members at the 9th Directors Lounge.

Monday, 11.02.2013 at 6:00 PM
Naherholung Sternchen | Berolinastraße 7 | 10178 Berlin / Mitte
(Ubhf- Schillingstraße behind Kino International / Rathaus Mitte)

Ritournelle by Christopher Becks & Peter Miller
2012 | 16mm | 3 Min

Rokh II by Distruktur
2012 | 16mm | 5 Min

Surface Chemistry by Imogen Heath
2012 | double 16mm projection | 3 Min

A Home Inside by Anja Dornieden & Juan David Gonzalez Monroy
2013 | live audiovisual presentation with three 16mm projectors | 20 Min

Expanded Cinema / Live Soundtrack

nk-expcinemaThe New Year kicks off with an exciting evening of expanded cinema and live soundtracks, co-hosted by Salon Bruit and LaborBerlin at NK Projekt, Elsenstr. 52, 12059 Berlin. The program features a spectrum of different styles and formats, with musicians improvising to films, films driven by sound, and sound transforming images.

Expanded Cinema:
Chloe Griffin, Michael Busch
Guillaume Cailleau + Jan Slak

Live Soundtracks:
Christopher Becks + Axel Dörner
Doireann O’Malley + Okkyung Lee
Sylvia Schedelbauer + Jeff Surak
Paul Clipson + Aidan Baker

Friday, January 4th
Doors 22:00 Performances 22:30
NK Projekt
Elsenstr. 52, 12059 Berlin

Christopher Becks makes films that circumvent intentionality to reflect (on) the act of seeing. Select screenings include the Centre Pompidou, Austrian Film Museum, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography and Toronto International Film Festival.

Aidan Baker is a Canadian musician & writer alternately based in Toronto & Berlin. A classically trained multi-instrumentalist, his primary instrument is the electric guitar with which he creates music ranging from experimental/drone to ambient post-rock to contemporary classical. In addition to his solo work, Baker also plays with the group projects Nadja, Caudal, and B/B/S/. Baker has released numerous albums on such labels as Important Records, Alien8 Recordings, and Beta-lactam Ring Records.

A former member of the experimental multi-media theater group LUXUS BERLIN, Michael Busch is a filmmaker and composer who creates music for both cinema and theater. His most recent film-performance DAS ELEKTRISCHE PARADIES premiered at the Berlinale in 2010, selected presentations include the Sao Paulo Biennale, the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Museo Reina Sophia in Madrid.

Guillaume Cailleau’s work encompasses film, installations, video and performance. He is interested in disclosing things that are just next to obvious, while exploring and exploding the boundaries of the cinematic image; often in collaboration with other filmmakers, musicians, graphic designers, painters, scientists, theater directors, and children. His work has been shown internationally, at Centre Pompidou, Royal Ontario Museum Toronto, Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin, and at the International Film Festivals in Berlin, New York and Rotterdam, and at the Shortfilm Festival in Oberhausen etc.

Paul Clipson often collaborates on films, live performances and installations with sound artists and musicians such as Tarentel, projecting largely improvised in-camera edited experimental films employing multiple exposures, dissolves and macro imagery that bring to light subconscious preoccupations and unexpected visual forms. Paul has shown his films internationally in various galleries, festivals and performance venues.

Chloé Griffin was born behind a gas station in El Cajon, California, and raised in Canada. She is based in Berlin and has recently lived in Cairo and Beirut. She makes films involving cut-up and hand painting processes and is currently working on a book about the life of Cookie Mueller.

Axel Dörner has worked together with numerous internationally respected figures in the fields of “Improvised Music”, “Composed Contemporary Music”, “Jazz” and “Electronic Music”. He has developed a unique style of trumpet playing based in part on unusual, often self-invented techniques. He has toured in Europe, North and South America, Australia, Japan and Asia (Hongkong) and appeared on numerous CD and record releases.

Okkyung Lee has been developing her own voice in a contemporary cello performance, improvisation and composition. With her solid classical training as a foundation, she incorporates jazz, sounds, Korean traditional music, and noise with extended techniques to create her unique blend of music.

Doireann O’Malley is oringinally from Ireland, she Lives & Works in Berlin. Her work encompasses film, photography, poetry, drawing, found images and sound. Selected upcoming shows include: Triskel Arts Center, Cork, Ireland; Elisa Platteau & Cie Galerie, Brussels; Galerie Parisa Kind, Frankfurt Am Main.

Sylvia Schedelbauer’s films negotiate the space between broader historical narratives and personal, psychological realms mainly through poetic manipulations of archival footage. Awards include the Gus Van Sant Award for Best Experimental Film (2012), the German Film Critics’ Award (2008) and the VG BildKunst Award (2007).

Jan Slak, drummer, student at Drum Academy Berlin, plays with punk rock bands, studies jazz and performs with multimedia artists.

Jeff Surak operates in the netherworld between composed and improvised music, moving between musique concrete, drone, noise, & free improvisation using whatever sound implements at hand. Surak runs the Zeromoon label and directs the annual Sonic Circuits Festival in Washington DC.

Salon Bruit is an open platform for international artists of various backgrounds who experiment with sound, art, music and noise in unconventional ways. Activities include concerts, performances, independent radio projects, creative workshops and exhibitions in Berlin and other European cities.

LaborBerlin is a non-profit, independent film collective, open to everyone interested in artist-run initiatives. Focussing on analogue film practice, which embraces a hands-on D.I.Y. approach to experimental film production.

Leerstand 2012 Oberhausen

robin-preston-03As part of “Leerstand 2012”, Kit-e.V., invited LaborBerlin e.V. to present films and film-related performances. The works are very diverse, both thematically and technically, offering a wide range of cinematographic experiences.

Some of the artists will be present during the event: Clara Bausch, Anja Dornieden, Melissa Dullius, Imogen Heath, Gustavo Jahn, Doireann O’Malley, Juan David Gonzalez Monroy, Iana Stefanova, Nicolaus Tscheschner, Nadja Tobias.

Those of you who happen to be in the Ruhr area on Dec 21st and 22nd, please feel kindly invited to join us!

For more infos on the event and the venue:

LaborBerlin at Theaterkapelle Friedrichshain

On Tuesday, Nov 27th, LaborBerlin presents films and projections by members and friends. The works cover a wide thematic and technical range, from in-camera improvisation through collage, linolfilm to found footage, all hand made, all analogue, all on film in super-8, 16mm and 35mm. Celebrate the beauty of do-it-yourself film with us! The event is presented by Nomaden Kino. Doors open at 7:30 pm

Featured artists: Clara Bausch, Christopher Becks, Oscar de Gispert, Anja Dornieden & Juan David Gonzalez Monroy, Imogen Heath, Jakob Kirchheim, Linn Löffler, Bernd Lützeler, Doireann O’Malley, Deborah S. Phillips, Niko Tscheschner, Nadja Tobias, Sophie Watzlawick

Join us for the after party in the Gewölbekeller of Theaterkapelle!
Visuals by Nomaden Kino, Music by DJ St. Bisoux

LaborBerlin Films & Projections
November 27th 2012
7:30 pm
Boxhagener Str. 99

10245 Berlin

Admission: 4 – 6 Euro

Nomaden Kino
DJ St. Bisoux

Press Release
German Flyer
English Flyer

Think:Film Warm-Up: SUMMER 70 and Analogue Zone’s Workshop Presentation

This Sunday at 8pm, Arsenal Institut für Film und Videokunst will host the first of two warm-up events leading up to Think:Film, the International Experimental Cinema Congress 2012.

They will present SUMMER 70, an Italian-Egyptian experimental film by Paolo Isaja and Nagy Shaker, made in Italy in 1970. The 63 minute film, “a meditation on freedom at the turn of the 1970s, which utilizes the full vocabulary of experimental cinema to evoke youthful experimentation and energetic abandon” (MoMA) will be screened in a newly restored 16mm print. The Egyptian director Nagy Shaker will be present for a discussion.

Beforehand, LaborBerlin will present results from Analogue Zone, a workshop on analogue filmmaking which was held in Cairo in May of this year. Four of the participants of this workshop are in Berlin at the moment for a second workshop held at our lab in Wedding.

October 7th, 2012 @ 8pm | Arsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst e.V. Potsdamer Straße 2, 10785 Berlin, Germany

Mid-Summer Screening

On Sunday, the 12th of August, LaborBerlin presents a Mid-Summer Screening at Panke in Wedding, featuring works by members and friends. The evening is organized in two parts: the first one starts at 7pm (sharp) and shows new films made at Labor. Starting at 9pm (sharp), the second part consists of live cinema collaborations. Celebrate the beauty of hand-processed do-it-yourself film with us! Doors open at 6:30. Please feel free to come early, meet the makers, and hang out at the bar!

With works by Oscar de Gispert, Jakob Kirchheim, Teresa Delgado, Nadja Tobias, Christopher Becks, Doireann O’Malley, Lia Leticia & Karen Black, Melissa Dullius & Gustavo Jahn, Guillaume Cailleau & Jan Slak, Anja Dornieden & Juan David Gonzalez Monroy, Sylvia Schedelbauer & Jeff Surak, Deborah Philipps, Ute Aurand and others.

Doors open at 6:30,
Show times at 7:00 and 9:00pm
Admission is 3€

Gerichtstr. 23, Hof V.
13347, Wedding, Berlin

Click here for a map to find Panke

Download the flyer here

Hand Over Cinema im Arsenal

EINLADUNG: Hand Over Cinema // 09.05.2012 // 20:00 // Kino Arsenal, Filmhaus am Potsdamer Platz, Potsdamer Str. 2, 10785 Berlin

Filmemacher, Künstler, Studenten und Amateure aus Deutschland und Griechenland sowie aus Ägypten, Serbien und den USA haben in einem siebentägigen Workshop, der im September 2011 im LabA (Laboratory Athens) und im Goethe-Institut Athen stattfand, eigenhändig Filme über die griechische Hauptstadt hergestellt. Sie haben mit Super8- und 16-mm-Film gedreht, haben das Material selbst entwickelt, geschnitten und projiziert. Das Ergebnis sind 19 Kurzfilme, die nun als Gesamtprogramm in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Arsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst e.V. in Berlin erstmals außerhalb Griechenlands präsentiert werden.

Zu Gast aus Athen: Vassily Bourikas, Katerina Evangelakou, Alexandros Kontos, Yannis Yaxas und aus Berlin: Clara Bausch, Guillaume Cailleau, Matthias Fritsch und Philip Widmann.

Die Filme – die Filmemacher – das Programm:
Download Hand over Cinema – Programm

Der Workshop „Hand Over Cinema Athens 2011“ ist eine Koproduktion von Goethe-Institut Athen und LabA, in Zusammenarbeit mit LaborBerlin e.V. und wurde von Vassily Bourikas kuratiert.

Analogue Zone Workshop #1

الرجاء النزول إلى أسفل الصفحة للغة العربية

Analogue Zone is a six months work in progress project organized by LaborBerlin and Cimatheque in Cairo. It is based on a celluloid film training program, involving filmmakers, artists, and amateurs from Egypt, Germany, Greece and Lebanon. The program will consist in a collective and collaborative reflection and production on the theme of Transition – in its widest sense – whether political, cultural, social, economic, artistic, or aesthetic.

Analogue Zone’s first workshop will be the launching activity of Cimatheque, the alternative film centre opening in Cairo. It consists in an introduction to analog film practice – Super 8 and 16mm – from May 13 to 21st, 2012. It will be animated by LaborBerlin member Michel Balagué and LabA member Vassily Bourikas.

12 participants will learn how to operate Super 8 and 16mm film cameras, expose different film stocks as well as hand- process, edit and finally project their own films. Prospective participants need no previous knowledge of working with analog film, although experience in camera-based visual practices – photography, video, film and painting – is an asset.

Analogue Zone will coincide with the opening of a fully equipped permanent film lab with cameras, editing and projecting facilities at Cimatheque’s premises in Cairo, the first of its kind in the Arab region. The participants will therefore be able to further their experimentation process following the workshop.

Works directed by various members of LaborBerlin e.V., LabA and other Lab associations from Europe will be publicly screened on Monday May 14th, and the films produced by Analogue Zone participants will be shown at the Cimatheque, on Monday May 21st, 2012.

Click here to download the application form in English
Click here to download the application form in Arabic

Application deadline is on April 25th, 2012.
Please send your application to: (if possible in English)

Analogue Zone – Workshop #1
May 13 – 21, 2012 – 10am to 8pm daily – attendance is compulsory Cimatheque – upon application – if selected workshop participation fee is 200 L.E.

L.E European Lab screening
Monday May 14th, 2012 / 8 p.m. Cimatheque – public – free admission

Analogue Zone – Film screening
Monday May 21st, 2012 / 8 p.m. Cimatheque – public – free admission

Cimatheque is situated on 19A, Adly street . 5th Floor – Flat 28 – 29 – Downtown Cairo

أنالوج زون”- ورشة عمل # 1. دعوة للمشاركة

من 13 إلى 21 مايو 2012

“أنالوج زون” هو مشروع يتطور خلال العمل ينظمه “لابور برلين” و”سيماتك”- مركز الفيلم البديل في القاهرة لمدة 6 أشهر. يعتمد المشروع على برنامج تدريبي للتعامل مع الفيلم
السينمائي الخام (8 مم، 16 مم) بمشاركة صناع أفلام وفنانين وهواة من مصر وألمانيا واليونان ولبنان. ويتضمن المشروع ورش عمل جماعية لإنتاج أفلام حول فكرة “التحول والإنتقال” بمعناها الواسع سواء السياسي أو الثقافي أو الإجتماعي أو الإقتصادي أو الفني أو الجمالي.
وتعد ورشة العمل الأولى لمشروع “أنالوج زون” بمثابة النشاط الإفتتاحي لمركز الفيلم البديل “سيماتك” والذي سيفتتح قريباً بالقاهرة. وتتضمن الورشة مقدمة للتعامل مع الفيلم الخام (8 مم، 16 مم) ويقوم بالتدريب فيها ميشيل بلاجيه من لابور برلين وفاسيلي بوريكاس من لاب أ- أثينا.
12 مشارك سيتم إختيارهم للتدريب على التصوير بكاميرات 8مم و 16 مم، وعلى تعريض أنواع مختلفة من الفيلم الخام، وأيضاً تحميض الأفلام ومونتاجها وأخيراً عرضها. ولايحتاج المتقدمين للمشاركة في البرنامج إلى التمتع بأي تجارب سابقة في التعامل مع الفيلم الخام غير أن الخبرة في مجالات صناعة الأفلام والتصوير الفوتوغرافي والفنون البصرية وفنون الفيديو هى من العوامل المؤثرة في عملية الإختيار
ويتزامن عقد ورشة العمل الأولى لمشروع “أنالوج زون” مع إفتتاح معمل متكامل لتحميض الأفلام الخام (8 مم، 16 مم) وهو مجهز أيضاً بكاميرات ومعدات مونتاج وآلات عرض ويعد الأول من نوعه في المنطقة العربية. ويتيح المعمل للمشاركين في الورشة فرصة الإستمرار في ممارسة ماتعلموه من خبرات بعد إنتهاء الورشة.
وسيتم تنظيم عرض مفتوح للجمهور لمجموعة أعمال وأفلام قام بصناعتها فنانين وصناع أفلام من لابور برلين ولاب أ- أثينا وغيرها من المعامل المماثلة في أوروبا يوم الإثنين الموافق 14 مايو 2012، وكذلك سيقام عرض مفتوح للجمهور للأفلام التي سينتجها المشاركون في ورشة العمل الأولى لمشروع “أنالوج زون” يوم الإثنين الموافق 21 مايو 2012. (لمزيد من المعلومات راجع تفاصيل البرنامج أدناه)
رجاء الضغط هنا لتحميل إستمارة التقدم لمشروع “أنالوج زون”

باللغة العربية أو باللغة الإنجليزية

أخر موعد للتقديم: 25 أبريل 2012
رجاء إرسال إستمارة التقدم (باللغة الإنجليزية إن أمكن) على:
ورشة العمل الأولى لمشروع “أنالوج زون”، من 13 إلى 21 مايو 2012، يومياً من 10 صباحاً إلى 8 مساءاً، الحضور يومياً إلزامي، مركز الفيلم البديل “سيماتك”، رسوم المشاركة للمقبولين 200 جنيه مصري
عرض أعمال لفنانين وصناع أفلام من لابور برلين ولاب أ- أثينا وغيرها، الإثنين 14 مايو 2012، 8 مساءاً، سيماتك، الدعوة عامة، الدخول مجاني
عرض أفلام المشاركين في ورشة العمل الأولى لمشروع “أنالوج زون”، الإثنين 21 مايو 2012، 8 مساءاً، سيماتك، الدعوة عامة، الدخول مجاني
عنوان سيماتك: 19أ شارع عدلي، الدور الخامس، شقة 28/ 29، وسط البلد، القاهرة
مشروع “أنالوج زون” مدعم من الصندوق الثقافي الأوروبي، ومعهد جوته بالقاهرة بالمشاركة مع لابور برلين، وسيماتك – مركز الفيلم البديل في القاهرة، ولاب أ- أثينا

Analogue Zone is funded by the European Cultural Foundation, the Goethe Institut Cairo, in partnership with LaborBerlin e.V., the Cimatheque and LabA.