Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen

Labs

© Kurzfilmtage/Daniel Gasenzer

 

Collective endeavours in celluloid
6 +7 May

 

As the commercial utilisation of analogue film reaches an end, the preservation and development of photochemical and technical film procedures and collective and independent forms of film production and distribution are perhaps becoming more relevant than ever. What are the perspectives of artistic analogue film and collective ways of working in a post-cinematic reality?

 

In the recent past, more than 30 artists' laboratories have been established that have formed a network and present their own events in public (filmlabs.org). While artists’ labs have always seen themselves as a parallel and self-determined form of work, with the claim to control every step of the artistic process from recording to screening, they now are becoming places in the social realm where an idea of analogue film is upheld in the face of the dictatorship of the digital.

 

With this new section, Oberhausen is creating the first platform for the annual presentation of current artistic and technical developments that take place in these laboratories. It aims thus to deepen a discourse about issues of production, distribution, screening and aesthetics that addresses both people involved in the creation of film and interested members of the public.

 

In 2018, works from the current output of L‘ Abominable (Paris), Crater Lab (Barcelona), filmkoop wien (Vienna) and filmwerkplaats (Rotterdam) will be presented.

 

Project coordinator: Vassily Bourikas

 

Contact: Eva Hegge