Video of DIFFRAKTION 2014


Design by Sara Lehn

Design by Sara Lehn

Film Screening / Performance / Concert

After three successful editions LaborBerlin once again presents DIFFRAKTION, its very own annual showcase of new works on film by its members and friends. This year, DIFFRAKTION will encompass a full-day event with various film programs, talks, film performances and live music.

LaborBerlin is a nonprofit, independent film collective, open to any and every individual interested in artist-run initiatives and analogue film practices. With this in mind, the goal of this event is to be an open invitation to anyone that’s interested in preserving the artistic use of analog film, and in supporting collective initiatives that seek to make these types of practices open, accessible, non-hierarchical and non-commercial.

We believe that the present moment, when most traditional film labs are closing and digital media has become the dominant option for audiovisual production, is not a time of crisis for analog film but a moment of opportunity. Film and the knowledge around it, now free from the demands of the commercial sector, can begin a new life as a truly independent medium to be openly shared and collectively developed. However, with this opportunity come many more challenges. Which is why we want to present this event as an open forum for discussions and suggestions on how to overcome the challenges that LaborBerlin, and many other organizations like it, face today. LaborBerlin in particular is currently at risk because of upcoming rent hikes. Therefore this event also serves as a fundraiser to guarantee that we can keep an open and economically accessible space.


© Minze Tummescheit & Arne Hector

© Minze Tummescheit & Arne Hector

4pm – Film “In Arbeit” (Part 1 – L’abominable)

This is the first part in Arne Hector and Minze Tummescheit’s ongoing documentary series, “In Arbeit”, a filmic investigation of the reality, possibilities and limitations of collective action. In this section the directors visit the french artist-run film lab,  L’Abominable, to explore the particulars of their collective experience.

5pm - Open discussion on the contemporary realities of the collective film lab

Following the screening, the film’s directors and other members of the lab will be present to talk about the the model of the collectively-run independent film lab and the advantages and challenges that one faces when working within a structure of this type. In particular we will discuss the future of such models and the strategies available for their survival.

© Jodie Mack

© Jodie Mack

6:30 pmFilms by friends of LaborBerlin

LaborBerlin is a proud member of, the network of independent film labs. is a platform for the exchange of  knowledge, information and new ideas around the practice of analog filmmaking. Its aim is to support and expand the independent use of photochemical filmmaking in all its possible forms. This year we’ll be showing films from two other labs in the network, WORM.filmwerkplaats (Rotterdam) and Cherry Kino (Leeds). In this program we will also show two films by another guest, Jodie Mack, who is joining us in Berlin after presenting a program of her films at the Rotterdam Film Festival.

With works on Super8 und 16mm by Daan de Bakker; Florian Cramer; Martha Jurksaitis; Jodie Mack; Judith van der Made; Helene Martin; Marcy Saude; Lichun Tseng; Esther Urlus; Nan Wang

© Clara Bausch

© Clara Bausch

8:30 pm - Films and performances by members of LaborBerlin

As it has become our custom we present here a program of recent and new films and performances by LaborBerlin members. Though ranging widely in their approach they all nonetheless show a commitment to exploring the possibilities of film as an artistic language that still has much to say.

With works on Super8 und 16mm by Clara Bausch; Guillaume Cailleau; Teresa Delgado & Jakob Kirchheim; Distruktur; Anja Dornieden & Juan David González Monroy; Imogen Heath; Andreas Kebschull & Andreas Zech; Kolja Kunt & Bernd Lützeler; Linn Löffler; Lucas Maia; Klara Ravat; Sadashivam Rao; Björn Speidel; Volga

10:30pm – Live music with Filmriss & Craig Mattingley Band

Villa Neukölln                                                                                                                                                                      Hermannstraße 233

Admission 5 – 8 Euro

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Double Première: DISTRUKTUR im AUSLAND

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LaborBerlin members Gustavo Jahn and Melissa Dullius, also known as Distruktur, will be showing two films for the first time in Berlin. The double premiere will happen in Ausland on January 26th at 8 pm .

I. In the traveler´s heart

Lithuania/Germany/Brazil – 2013, 16mm, colour, sound, 20min
Directed by Melissa Dullius & Gustavo Jahn

“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?”

In the traveler´s heart, was shot last winter in Lithuania, during an artist residency at the Nida Art Colony. The film was commissioned by the Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius with support of Goethe Institut Vilnius and took part at the group exhibition Ritual Room in April 2013.
In the traveler´s heart received recently an Honourable Mention of the Jury at Festival de Cinema de Santa Maria da Feira in Portugal and was screened at the Onde section of the Torino Film Festival in Italy.

II. Filme de Pedra
Germany/Brazil – 2014, 16mm, B&W, live sounds, 20min
Directed by Gustavo Jahn & Melissa Dullius

“Who has ears to listen to the voice of stones?”

The second half of the program is the presentation of the mineral odissey Filme de Pedra. The film was shot in and around Berlin and in Florianópolis – Brazil, featuring stones from all over the world. Although some excerpts of Filme de Pedra have been exhibited in Berlin and São Paulo, what expects you on sunday is beyond preview and synopsis.
Filme de Pedra was entirely processed and copied by hand in LaborBerlin e.V.
During the projection of  Filme de Pedra sounds and music will be performed live.



 Jan 26th 2014 – Sunday – 8 pm

 Admission 7€ / 5€


Territory for experimental music, performance and art

Lychener Str. 60 10437 Berlin




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BLITZ – in der Reihe Bremer Super-8-Abend


Im Rahmen des bundesweiten KURZFILMTAGS am Samstag, 21. Dezember präsentieren das Filmbüro Bremen e.V. und das CITY 46 ab 21.00 Uhr das Kurzfilmprogramm BLITZ, auf das man gespannt sein darf.

Austerity Measures (2012) von Guillaume Cailleau und Ben Russell, Sketches is a memory (2012/13) von Iana Stefanova, Stamford Hill (2009) von Sara Lehn, Vanishing Cinema #3 (2013) von Linn Löffler und Clara Bausch, Im Garten der Libidasia (2007) von Lilja und Linn Löffler, Hanseatic (2010) von Clara Bausch, Warum? von Ruth Wirklich (1947), Der Spaziergang (2013) von Margaret Rorison, The Handeye (Bone Ghosts) (2012) von Anja Dornieden und Juan David Gonzalez Monroy, Guillaume Cailleaus Abdou’s Dread in Theatro Argentina, Roma (2013), Beyrouth, Automne 2005 (2006) von Leïla Saadna,  FOTO KINO (2013) von Distruktur, Philip Widmanns Untitled [Espaces Sociaux #1] (2010) und A/M Spring Version (2012), At the End of the Night (2012) von Michel Balague sowie Ritournelle (2012) von Christopher Becks und Peter Miller.

21.12.2012     21Uhr

City 46 - Kommunalkino Bremen e.V. / Birkenstr. 1 / 28195 Bremen

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TIE – Alternative Measures

From November 20th to 24th LaborBerlin participated in the Alternative Measures Festival in Colorado Springs (US). The festival focused on the work made in independent labs and film collectives around the world. Besides screenings, installations, panels and workshops, participants took time to talk about the future of analog film and how to strengthen the network of independent film labs and collectives.
Iana Stefanova, Oscar de Gispert, Meg Rorison, Anja Dornieden and Juan David González Monroy presented two programs of films, multiple projections and performances by our members in Super8 and 16mm. They also taught a workshop on how to start a D.I.Y. film lab with an introduction to shooting and hand developing 16mm film.
Special thanks to the Goethe Institut in New York and German Films for their travel support.
Here is an article written about the event.
TIE Fotos_group meetingTIE Fotos_S8TIE Fotos - 16mm PresentationTIE Fotos - workshopTIE Fotos - dark room

Distruktur @ Künstlerinnenprogramm at Arsenal

LaborBerlin´s members Melissa Dullius and Gustavo Jahn, also known as Distruktur, will present a filmperformance in Arsenal this weekend.
The presentation will happen within the frame of Künstlerinnenprogramm. Kino Arsenal will be showing -from october 24th to 27th- works by those awarded funding in the last two years of the Berlin Cultural Affairs Department’s Female Artists’ Program.


A man and a woman in a cargo ship trip.

A city portrayed through its empty grounds and construction spots.

A room inhabited by a couple and an angel.


The filmperformance prepared for Kino Arsenal consists of a double 16mm projection with live sounds: voice, music and noise.

Fluxus et Refluxus
October 26th – Sat
Kino 2
More info about Künstlerinnenprogamm in Arsenal´s website

filmLab EU symposium – Filmfestival Münster

LaborBerlin will participate in the FilmLab EU symposium organized as part of the Münster Film Festival.
FilmLab EU is a gathering of film/media-organizations and labs all over the European Union working in the field of alternative film making, production, distribution and/or independent film education. The aim of this get-together is to present suggestions for working structures and recommendations for a viable European network of independent filmmakers/ collectives.
Anja Dornieden and Juan David González Monroy will represent the lab and present a program of films, which will also include works by Christopher Becks and Peter Miller, Guillaume Cailleau and Ben Russell, Björn Speidel, Phillip Widmann, and Gustavo Jahn and Melissa Dullius.


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