Celluloid-based filmmaking is alive and well in Europe, thanks to a network of film labs dedicated to both the preservation of technology and cinematic experimentation. Piecing together equipment discarded by industry labs moving to digital, these artist-run spaces have become a haven for moving-image artists wanting to experiment with or continue to use celluloid as part of their practice. This two-night program features work from three of these cooperatives: L’Abominable in La Courneuve, France; Labor Berlin in Berlin, Germany; and Labo Bruxelles in Brussels, Belgium. While the artists associated with these labs produce work in a variety of styles, the films selected for these two evenings are similar in that they demonstrate extremes of the photographic process. In Mahine Rouhi and Olivier Fouchard’s Tahousse, and Emmanuel Lefrant’sParties visible et invisible d’un ensemble sous tension, filmed landscapes are manipulated in color and texture toward otherworldliness and abstraction respectively. In Els van Riel’s Gradual Speed, the image in each vignette appears through time much like a photograph developing while the hum and crackle of vibrating dust erupts on the optical track. Cinema Project is excited to bring these films to Portland and will open the first night of the program with a short talk about these artist-run film labs.
More info here: http://cinemaproject.org/screenings/fall/2014/artist-run-film-labs/