The Sound We See: Berlin

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)


16. dresdner schmalfilmtage

Date: Thursday, January 22 2015
Screening: 19:30
Location: dresdner schmalfilmtage, Motorenhalle, Wachsbleichstraße 4a, 01067 Dresden


LaborBerlin is proud to be a part of the 16. dresdner schmalfilmtage. On Thursday, January 22, we will present the opening program with films and performances by lab members, Clara Bausch, Guillaume Cailleau, Distruktur, Anja Dornieden & Juan David González Monroy, Lucas Maia, Klara Ravat, Iana Stefanova and Sophie Watzlawick.

Along with the film program, Clara Bausch, Anja Dornieden & Juan David González Monroy and Lucas Maia, have created three 16mm installations that will be running for the duration of the festival.

On Friday and Saturday, Anja Dornieden & Juan David González Monroy will also be teaching a 16mm contact printing workshop. The workshop is open to everyone and no previous experience is necessary.

Join us at the festival and partake in another year of celebrating the uniqueness of analog film.

Color Process Workshop

Date: Sunday , December 14th 2014
Theory: 10:00 – 12:00, developing 12:00 – 18:00
Location: LaborBerlin e.V., Gerichtstr. 65, 13347 Berlin

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

This workshop is for old-stock films, that were made in soviet countries from 50s to late 90s. It includes colour film: Svema (Ukraine), Tasma (Russia) and ORWO (east Germany). The basis for ORWO, Svema and Tasma was the Agfa Wolfen plant, where the first modern colour film, was developed in 1936. After the WW2, the plant was taken over by US forces and important patents and other documents regarding the Agfacolor process were confiscated and handed over to Western competitors, such as Kodak and Ilford. As the plant was located in what was to become the Soviet zone of occupied Germany, the US forces then handed it over to the Soviet military administration, which dismantled large parts of the plant and moved it, with key German staff, to the Soviet Union, where it formed the basis for the Soviet colour film industry.

This is 5 bath process, 25 °C temperature. Which is different from C-41 or E-6.


At first part, you will be introduced to reversal theory, of how it works, and how to get good results. After the lunch we will develop few films of TASMA ЦО-25 (daylight), that are expired at 1988 year.

The process will be presented by Vytautas Juozėnas, a photography master student from Vilnius Academy of Arts.

A good opportunity to get closer to those forgotten films, and learn how to process them.

Pre-registration is required. To register for the workshop please send an email to
Workshop fee for non-members: 25 €

Handmade Emulsion Workshop

Date: Thursday, November 6th 2014 & Friday, November 7th 2014
Workshop: first day 12:00 – 18:00, second day 10:00 – 17:00
Location: LaborBerlin e.V., Gerichtstr. 65, 13347 Berlin

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


Alex MacKenzie will be visiting LaborBerlin to teach the workshop Handmade Emulsion: creating black and white film stock from scratch.

The alchemical nature and serendipity of the handmade image are explored in this immersive how-to of hand-brewed emulsion. In this workshop a simple, raw, and extremely low ISO black and white film stock suitable for contact printing will be created, using three key ingredients in the production of a silver based emulsion: gelatin, potassium bromide, and silver nitrate. A basic chemistry lesson will be provided to introduce the essential make-up of film emulsion, followed by a discussion of technique including a contextual screening of examples, and the creation of the emulsion in a darkroom.

The mixture is then literally painted on to clear transparent acetate, followed by contact printing a film strip onto the raw stock, hand processing, and assessing the results. The workshop is aimed at both experienced practitioners and beginners, and includes all film stock, chemistry, and supplies. It is also recommended that you bring small objects of 16mm width or less for photogramming onto the filmstrips and/or film strips.

Instructor: Alex MacKenzie is an experimental film artist working primarily with analog equipment and hand processed imagery. He creates works of expanded cinema, light projection installation, and projector performance. His work has screened at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, the EXiS Experimental Film Festival in Seoul, Lightcone in Paris, Kino Arsenal in Berlin and others. Alex was the founder and curator of the Edison Electric Gallery of Moving Images, the Blinding Light!! Cinema and the Vancouver Underground Film Festival.

Pre-registration is required. To register for the workshop please send an email to

Workshop fee for non-members: 60 €

Experimental Color Printing & Processing Workshop

Date: Saturday, Oktober 11th 2014 & Sunday, Oktober 12th 2014
Workshop: each day from 10:00 – 17:00
Location: LaborBerlin e.V., Gerichtstr. 65, 13347 Berlin

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


Kevin Rice, member of the Process Reversal collective, is once again visiting LaborBerlin. He will be with us to teach the workshop A Fear of Color – Experimental Color Printing & Processing plus present a program of films. (Screening details TBA)

Since the 1950’s, the color printing process has established itself as both an economical and simple process, representing a strong majority of the output from nearly all commercial film labs. However, despite this prominence, few film makers have sought to explore, by hand, the vast creative potentials of the chemical and mechanical elements within this process. While there may be many reasons for this, much of it has to do with various misconceptions and fears that have evolved over time about working in color. Therefore, In this two to three day workshop, we will be exploring many of the aspect relating to the color printing process in an attempt to overcome misconceptions and illuminate the humbling simplicity and malleability of the process. In this regard, there’s so much to discover that topics may vary significantly depending on the duration and desires of the group. Some possible elements to explore include:

– Color film theory
– Color chemistry formulation and mixology
– Processing for color negative, positive and reversal film
– Basic color printing & grading for both contact and optical printers
– DIY color safelights and printers
– Alternative processes in Color, such as bleach etching and photogramming

Film stock and chemistry will be supplied.

Instructor: Originating from Denver, Colorado, Kevin Rice is a ‘film archivist’ whose practice focuses on the study of photochemical theories, the development of lab resources for filmmakers, and the documentation of various darkroom odysseys on motion picture film. In 2012, he helped found Process Reversal, a film collective dedicated to producing resources for filmmakers and film labs. His most recent efforts include the engineering of a b&w reversal process based on the properties of seawater for an adaptation of Homer’s Epic Cycle.

Pre-registration is required. To register for the workshop please send an email to

Workshop fee for non-members: 60 € (includes print film & chemistry)

CHROMAFLEX workshop – photos

June 11th 2014 – Labor Berlin
Instructor: Richard Touhy

BW analogue film developing workshop at WOLF

During 48hours Neukölln, WOLF opens its doors for the first time for screenings, workshops & get togethers in collaboration with LaborBerlin.

28.06-29.06.2014 Film Entwicklung Workshop // Film Developing Workshop

WORK workshop

Labor Berlin präsentiert: Mach deinen eigenen S8 Film

Am Samstag um 11h beginnt der von Labor Berlin unterstützte Super8 Workshop – ihr dreht einen eigenen 3 1/2 Minuten Film & lernt wie man ihn entwickelt. Am späten Sonntag Nachmittag werden die entstandenen Filme gezeigt. Beitrag für Materialverbrauch ist 20 Euro, es ist ein Schnellkurs für jedes Erwachsenenalter. Begrenzte Teilnehmerzahl, bitte bis zum 19.6. anmelden bei
Bringt ein bisschen Zeit mit, da das Entwickeln nur in kleinen Gruppen möglich ist.

LaborBerlin presents: Make your own Super8 film

Learn how to develop and shoot your own Super8 film, supported by Labor Berlin. We start the workshop on Saturday at 11am, you will shoot a 3 1/2 minute film and develop it. On Sunday afternoon we’ll show the finished work. There’s a 20 Euro charge for the film materials, the course is suitable for all grown ups. Please pre-register until 19.6. via email as there’s a limited number of places available. Bring along a bit of time, as the developing is only possible in small groups.


Chromaflex Workshop


Chromaflex: Experimental Color Processing

Wednesday, June 11th – 10 am to 5pm

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

Globetrotting filmmakers Richard Touhy and Dianna Barrie will be visiting LaborBerlin once again this June to share with us their Chromaflex technique and some of their most recent films. The screening will take place at scope session on Thursday, June 12th.

This 16mm workshop will take the participants step by step through a jazzy new photo-chemical technique which allows selectively controlled negative and positive color and black and white images on the same strip of film. What’s more, the technique allows us to make these selection decisions in full light with the images visible right there in front of you. You can have areas of black, areas of clear, color negative areas, color positive areas and glorious black and white images all within a single frame of ordinary camera captured image. We then get to watch the colour chemistry working its magic—again, in full light. The workshop begins with a freshly made color print of color negative material. But instead of processing this print in the normal ECP process, we will be undertaking our novel processing sequence that will produce an odd-looking positive black and white image on the film. We will then select various areas on that print that we want to end up as positive color, negative color, leave black and white or process as black or clear film. Those areas will be selectively covered with special chemical blocking tape. Then the film will be selectively bathed in an assortment of color chemistry before removing the tape and bathing in more chemistry. As well as engaging with a great new experimental film technique, this workshop is a great opportunity to learn in detail how color film works.

Check out an example of the process on Vimeo.

Instructor: Richard Touhy is one of the most active experimental film artists currently working on celluloid in Australia. His film Iron-Wood won first prize (ex aequo) at the 2009 International Abstract Cinema Exhibition (ABSTRACTA) in Rome. He runs Nanolab in Australia — the specialist small gauge film processing laboratory. He actively encourages other artists to work with cine film through his Artist Film Workshop initiative. In 2006 he and his partner started Nanolab as an artist run film laboratory offering super 8 processing.

Pre-registration is required. To register for the workshop please send an email to

Workshop fee for non-members: 30
Lab fee (for chemicals) per participant: 2

Labor Berlin in Norway

Labor members Sophie Watzlavick and Juan David Gonzalez Monroy were in Olso last week teaching a 16mm film workshop at Atopia, an artist run initiative dedicated to experimental film and video in Norway. For 5 days 13 participants learned how to shoot and hand develop their own 16 mm films. Filmmakers Marte Aas, Inger Lise Hansen, Greg Pope, Knut Åsdam and cinematographer Hilde Målme were also invited to give talks on their artistic practice and screen some of their works for the participants.

Wiener Festwochen documentation

Documentation of the LABORBERLIN contribution to the INTO THE CITY Program during the Wiener Festwochen. During one week in Vienna LaborBerlin members converted a bus into a mobile lab and cinema. The bus was parked in Mexicoplatz and Volkertmarkt where it served as a free cinema and hub for workshops and film interventions by lab members. At the end of the week films produced during the week were screened on the bus windows in front of the Vienna Museum.