The website for RE MI, a collaborative project between Mire (France), Worm.Filmwerkplaats (Netherlands) and LaborBerlin is now live. RE MI is a two-year project focused on the present and future of motion picture film. Along with the next International Film Labs Meeting, we will be organizing events, workshops, talks and much more. Please check the website regularly for updates.
Date: Wednesday December 2nd 2015
Doors open at 19h30 – Screening 20h
Location: Spektrum Berlin – Bürknerstraße 12 12047 Berlin
Curated by Klara Ravat
During the second edition of the Experimental Film screenings series Photoplay taking place at Spektrum we are very glad to present a program by Distruktur. The Brazilian duo based in Berlin will be present to introduce us to three of their films: Triangulum, Cat Effekt and In the Travelers Heart.
Distruktur are Melissa Dullius and Gustavo Jahn, artists and filmmakers working as a duo since 2007. They have an extended filmography of experimental works which have been shown in venues and festivals such as Berlinale, Torino, Moscow IFF and Videobrasil, as well as in New Museum in New York, Paço das Artes in São Paulo, and Vilnius Contemporary Art Centre. They work as well with photography, music and installation. Gustavo and Melissa changed Brazil for Berlin in 2006 where they encountered a group of people who was willing to create an independent film collective, known in the present as LaborBerlin e.V, an artist-run space for analogue film practice embracing a more experimental and D.I.Y. craft approach to film production.
Even if their work could have similarities with narrative films as they often use scripts, actors and costumes we can situate their pieces in the experimental field, sometimes close to a surrealist style that forgets time and places space somewhere in a disrupted time line.
The first two films will be shown digitally and the last one as 16mm.
TRIANGULUM | 16mm | Egypt, Germany, Brazil | 22min | 2008
On the edge of the abyss a troupe of three meets faith, who appears in the form of a young woman. They are transported to an eastern metropolis, not knowing where to go or what to do. Random signs are the only directions to follow and will lead each one of them on a different journey. In perpetual movement, paranoids, they go further in search of balance.
CAT EFFEKT | 16mm | Russia, Germany, Brazil | 40min | 2011
A woman goes alone through the streets of Moscow, getting on and off subway trains and underground passages on her way to a meeting that includes a screening of a film about a cat. And that’s it; or so it is for those who believe the plot is the best part of cinema. The Jahn-Dullius duet makes an enigmatic film between abstraction and trance. Because as they search for that visual purity that’s historically connected to experimental cinema–equally far from theatrical as from the written word– Cat Effekt leaves one thing clear: cinema is all about images. – Adapted from BAFICI catalog 2011 IN
THE TRAVELER ́S HEART | 16mm | Lithuania, Germany, Brazil | 20min | 2013
The winter reigns as the Traveler crosses by feet an ancient landscape.In this place there’s also another presence, someone who’s very similar to the Traveler. Does the Traveler realise this figure that cohabits the same space as him? Is the other a guardian angel or a devil?
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.
Date: Wednesday, June 24 & Thursday, June 25 2015
Workshop: 10:30 – 17:00 both days
Location: Meeting point is in front of Panke (Gerichtstr. 23, Hof 5)
This workshop is open to non-LaborBerlin members. Previous processing experience is recommended, but not necessary.
Taylor Dunne and Eric Stewart will be visiting LaborBerlin to teach the workshop LIFT OFF: An Emulsion Lift Workshop.
“Lift Off” is a two part workshop examining material manipulations of 16mm film. The workshop will focus primarily on the emulsion lift and reticulation technique to explore degradation and decay. An emulsion lift is where film is immersed in a hot sodium carbonate solution, this causes the emulsion to reticulate and separate from the films base. Once separated the emulsion can be placed on a variety of separate materials; including another piece of clear film. This technique will combine direct animation with photochemical manipulation; to present a cohesive survey of material investigations to workshop participants.
Emulsion lifted film cannot be projected directly because the film surface is so fragile. The second part of the workshop will focus on making film prints of the manipulated film. Film will be printed to black and white film via a synchronizer, used as a diy contact printer. Additionally prints will be made via direct exposure by placing film directly on unexposed stock.
Taylor Dunne and Eric Stewart are artists currently living in Colorado (USA). They share an affinity for 16mm filmmaking, they use photochemical processes as a means to explore the interconnectedness of time, history and the landscape. They are currently collaborating on a film investigating the history of uranium mining and nuclear weapons testing in the American Southwest.
Pre-registration is required. To register for the workshop please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Workshop fee for non-members: 40 € plus 5 € for materials
LaborBerlin sucht wegen Kündigung ab sofort neue Räume!
Neue Räume (auf Dauer): ab 100 qm, Wasser- und Starkstromanschluss, Erdgeschoss oder Lastenaufzug, Böden maschinentauglich, trockener Keller auch möglich
Lager (kurzfristig): ca. 60 qm, in Berlin oder Umgebung, große Türen, trocken, Erdgeschoss oder wenn möglich Lastenaufzug, so billig wie möglich
Das Stattbad Wedding, in dem LaborBerlin seit 2010 seine Arbeitsräume hat, ist von der Bauaufsicht wegen Brandschutzmängeln geschlossen worden. Zum 29.5. wurden die Mietverträge aller Nutzer_innen fristlos gekündigt. Bis Ende Juni haben wir nun Zeit, unsere schweren Maschinen und Geräte auseinanderzubauen und entweder in ein Lager oder in neue Räume umzuziehen.
LaborBerlin e.V. ist ein unkommerzielles, eigenständiges Filmkollektiv, das für alle offen ist, die an selbstorganisierten Initiativen und speziell an analoger Filmpraxis mit einem experimentellen Ansatz und Do It Yourself-Charakter interessiert sind. LaborBerlin ist ein gemeinnütziger Verein, dessen internationale Mitglieder sich aus Autodidakten, Künstlerinnen und Filmemacherinnen zusammensetzen. Während die Digitalisierung des kommerziellen Films immer weiter voranschreitet, erlebt der analoge Film im Feld zwischen Avantgarde-Film, bildender Kunst und Performance- Art in den letzten Jahren ein Comeback. LaborBerlin e.V. fördert den handgemachten Film und trägt damit aktiv zum Erhalt analoger Filmpraxis und -kultur bei. Das Labor ist in
Berlin der einzige Ort, an dem von der Aufnahme über die Entwicklung bis zur Postproduktion mit analogem Film gearbeitet werden kann. Unser Verein organisiert regelmäßig Vorführungen, Ausstellungen und Workshops und macht so die Arbeiten seiner Mitglieder und deren technische Erfahrungen einer breiten Öffentlichkeit zugänglich.
Aus unserer Perspektive wäre es in jedem Fall wünschenswert, das Stattbad als Ort für Arbeitsräume und Ateliers zu erhalten, aber die Chancen stehen schlecht. Um die Arbeit fortzuführen und die Zukunft von LaborBerlin langfristig zu sichern, brauchen wir dringend neue Räume!
Due to eviction LaborBerlin is looking for a new space!
We’re looking for:
New long-term working space: starting at 100 sq m, with running water and mains power connection. Ground floor or freight elevator available, heavyweight resistant floors, or dry cellar.
Also possible, (short term) storage room: ca. 60 sq m in Berlin or surroundings with large doors, dry cellar, ground floor or freight elevator. As affordable as possible.
Stattbad Wedding, where LaborBerlin has had its working space since 2010, is being shut down by the city due to the building’s lack of compliance with fire safety regulations. On May 29 all renters’ contracts in the building were cancelled without notice. We have until the end of June to dismantle and move all our heavy machinery and equipment to a new space or into storage.
LaborBerlin e.V. is a nonprofit, independent film collective, open to every individual interested in artist-run initiatives and analogue film practices. It embraces an experimental and D.I.Y. craft approach to film production with a mission to support the use of film outside of the commercial film industry. With this purpose it has set up a lab where, under a non-hierarchical structure, anybody can become a member, use the space to process his or her own film material and participate in the variety of events, workshops and activities that take place year round. LaborBerlin is a membership-based organization composed of filmmakers, artists and self-taught enthusiasts. While the commercial film industry’s reliance on the digital continues to expand, in recent years, analog film has experienced newfound interest and growing support in the fields of visuals arts, performance and avant-garde film. Through its active support of handmade filmmaking, LaborBerlin contributes to the preservation and growth of analog film practice and culture. The lab is the only space in Berlin that allows filmmakers the possibility of controlling the entire analog filmmaking process from shooting and processing to post-production. Our collective also organizes regular screenings, exhibitions, and workshops, with the goal of sharing our members’ works and technical knowledge with the wider public and the diverse local arts communities.
In our view, it would be desirable for Stattbad to remain as a space for artist-run studios but we see that the chances are slim. To continue our work and to secure the long-term future of LaborBerlin we urgently need a new space!
Please contact us with any ideas, suggestions or proposals.
Tel: 01575 – 9509449
A program of shorts by the artist couple Melissa Dullius and Gustavo Jahn with some new and rare films, some German and Berlin premiers. Distruktur — Dullius and Jahn — claim a space fluctuating somewhere between the big and small cinema. Consequently working with analogue film while shooting and mostly also developing their own material, their films seem to create a kinematic time-space that is distinct from the ordinary even though they often use film settings of daily life.
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 (Manteuffelstr. 39, Kreuzberg)
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)