Big thank-you to everyone who came last weekend to DIFFRAKTION #6! It was an incredible night with so many wonderful films and live-film performances. It was an honor to host 2 awesome guest programs with Amanda Thomson from IRIS film collective (Vancouver/Canada) and Rizki Lazuardi from Lab Laba-Laba, Indonesia. That night we also launched our new initiative and crowdfunding campaign, LABORBERLIN 2.0 – FILM AIN’T DEAD.
Saturday February 6th SilentGreen Kulturquartier / Gerichtstr. 35, Berlin 13347
Doors open at 7pm. Films begin at 7.30pm
The annual showcase of new films and expanded cinema works by LaborBerlin members and international guests.
On this very special occasion in 2016, LaborBerlin launches their new initiative, LABORBERLIN 2.0 – FILM AIN´T DEAD, a funding campaign to support the expansion of this independent film-lab as a commitment to the future of film and diversity in film-making practice. As one of the last remaining commercial film-labs in Germany closes its doors, LaborBerlin is trying to raise funds to purchase this equipment and keep film alive. All proceeds from DIFFRAKTION will be donated to the new initiative.
Date: Monday, February 8 & Tuesday, February 9 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.
LaborBerlin is proud to welcome Floris Vanhoof to lead the first workshop of the RE-MI (Re-Engineering Moving Image) project. REMI is a cooperation project run by Mire (Nantes, FR), WORM.Filmwerkplaats (Rotterdam, NL) and LaborBerlin (Berlin, DE), focused on the creation, preservation and circulation of technical knowledge of analogue film in order to support its use as a creative medium.
Floris will lead participants in exploring the possibilities of the film projector as an artistic tool. Together they will shoot, develop and print footage in black and white and color which they will combine with multiple projectors to explore different techniques of loop phasing. Join us in transforming the projector from a passive device into an an instrument that can push the boundaries of perception. More information about the workshop can be found on here.
Floris Vanhoof from Antwerpen (BE), is a media-archeologist who deliberately chooses analogue technology, not for nostalgic reasons but because he wants to experiment with what once has been considered high-tech. His work also includes new technologies like microprocessors. Technology is not an end in itself but a means to explore new images, ideas and sounds in a poetic way.
Participation is limited and pre-registration is required. To register for the workshop please send an email to email@example.com
LaborBerlin members Anja Dornieden and Juan David González will once again be teaching a workshop at the Dresdner Schmalfilmtage. For two days they will be exploring the possibilities of tinting, toning, bleaching and hand coloring super8 and 16mm film.
Spots are still available. To register visit the festival website.
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.