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. This two-night program features work from three artist-run 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 demonstrating extremes of the photographic process.
Tuesday night’s film:
Director: Els Van Riel
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. (52 mins.– Labo Bruxelles)