INTERTIDAL – Visiting filmmaker screening

Date: Saturday, November 8th 2014
Screening: 20:00
Location: Arsenal, Potsdamer Straße 2, 10785 Berlin


LaborBerlin is partnering with Arsenal to host visiting filmmaker Alex MacKenzie who will present his latest performance, INTERTIDAL. This piece shows a submersive exploration of the tidal zones and marine life off the shores of Western Canada. Using both camera and non-camera approaches, this work presented on two analytic 16mm projectors speaks to the fragility of both the film medium and the marine environment explored. The scope and materiality of both emulsion and environment are explored using elements as wide ranging as photograms, alternative film chemistry, live manipulation, and the very movement of the tides themselves. At once personal, political, visual and ecological, the work gives equal weight to representation and abstraction.

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 €

FRENKEL DEFECTS – Visiting filmmaker screening

Date: Saturday, Oktober 4th 2014
Screening: 20:00
Location: West Germany, Skalitzer Str. 133, 10999 Berlin


Visiting filmmaker Kevin Rice will be presenting the program Frenkel Defects. This program is an interstitial exploration of imperfection as documented through the celluloid-specific works of artist run film labs across the world. In this second edition, recent works from several North American film collectives and organizations will be featured, including Double Negative, Process Reversal, LOMAA and more.

With films by Andrew Busti, Malena Szlam, Martha Jurksaitis, Sarah Biagini, Mariya Nikiforva, Taylor Dunne, Charlie Egleston, Robert Schaller, Margaret Rorison and Kevin Rice.

Before the program Matt Rappaport and Ted Hardin, who are in town from Chicago, will be sharing three short films involving tourism, travel, and distance.

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)

Projektionen – Kunstraum t27

Date: Thursday, 25. September 2014
Screening: 19:30 – 21:00
Location: kunstraum t27, Thomasstr. 27, 12053 Berlin


Anja Dornieden & Juan David González Monroy will be presenting an evening of films and performance at kunstraum t27 to accompany the exhibition Obscura Patina. The program includes films by Kolja Kunt & Bernd Lützeler, Andrew Kim, Mark Toscano, Clara Bausch, a double projector performance by Miguel Mariño, and a rare 16mm screening of Ray L. Bridwhistell’s Microcultural Incidents in Ten Zoos.

LaborBerlin’s Summer Screening 2014

August 30th 2014 – Saturday – Admission 5€
Doors open at 7pm | Film screening at 8pm | Performances at 10pm | Party at 11pm

As has become our custom, this summer we present a program of new and recent films and performances by members of LaborBerlin. Though ranging widely in their approach they all show a commitment to exploring the possibilities of film as an artistic language. The evening is organized in two parts: the first one starts at 8 pm and consists of single screen films made at the lab. The second part, starting at 10pm, consists of live film performances.

Come celebrate with us the beauty of hand-processed, do-it-yourself film! Doors open at 7pm. Please feel free to come early, meet the makers, and hang out at the bar!
With works by Miguel Mariño, Anja Dornieden & J.D. González Monroy, Andreas Kebschull & Andreas Zech, Oscar Kranc, Björn Spiedel, Jakob Kirchheim, Sadashivam Rao, Viktor Dill, Distruktur, Doireann O’Malley, Klara Ravat & Sicknife and Nikolaus Tscheschner.

Location: Am Flutgraben / Am Flutgraben 3 – 12435 Berlin

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Date: Thursday, 14. August 2014
Screenings, Artist Q+A, Reception: 19:00 – 22:00
Location: Uferstudios, Badstraße 41a (Gate 1) 13357 Berlin, Studio #9 (Wedding)


Parallel © Harun Farocki 2012


Artists: Guillaume Cailleau & Ben Russell, Harun Farocki, *Isabella Gresser, *Bernd Lützeler, Anna Marziano, *Deborah S. Phillips, Michael Poetschko, *Sylvia Schedelbauer, and Daniel Steegmann Mangrané (*Artist will be present for the Q&A.)

Curated by Caroline Koebel

The Kino B artists share a command of cinema’s potential for experientially transformative critical reflection. Their travels far and wide encompass a specially-engineered tracking shot through the Amazon rainforest; a young man in the woods amidst harrowing visions of war; an explication of how computer motion graphics elide differences between real and simulated trees; such authors and philosophers as Nietzsche, Yourcenar, Arendt, and Barthes; as well as the lived experience of the streets of Athens, Mumbai, and Berlin.

Presented by Transart Institute / Free and Open to the Public

Projektionen – Kunstraum t27


Projektionen in Kunstraum t27 returns Thursday, July 31st, with a wonderful program curated by Sylvia Schedelbauer. Under the name “Drinnen Zuhause” it includes 16mm films by Robert Beavers, Takashi Ito and Matthias Müller, as well as two live performances by LaborBerlin members Anja Dornieden & Juan David González Monroy and Doireann O’Malley. Screening starts at 19:30.

kunstraum t27 | Thomasstr. 27 | Berlin


26-27th June 2014
Photos: Ziad Tareq Hassan

Two days of Super 8 and 16mm screenings, performances and video installations to celebrate the end of Analogue Zone #3, showing the work of filmmakers and visual artists from Egypt, Germany, Greece, Brazil, and Columbia who have made films as part of Analogue Zone’s concluding workshop. Both events will contain panels and discussions with the participants, as well as guests from Berlin, Athens and Cairo.