Baltic Analog Lab

  1. Film screening with Nanolab


    On 15 March at 19:00 we are hosting a program of recent 16mm single screen and expanded cinema work by Australian filmmakers Richard Tuohy and Dianna Barrie from NANOLAB.

    Last Train
    Dianna Barrie and Richard Tuohy, 2016, 12 min, 16mm
    Found in the (now possibly lost) film archive at Lab Laba Laba, footage from a trailer for the 1981 Indonesian propaganda film 'Kereta Api Terakhir' (The Last Train) melts into a soup of chemigrammed perforations. A film about the silence that follows the unspeakable; about blurred visions, untold histories and inaccessible archives.

    On the Invention of the Wheel
    Richard Tuohy, 2015, 14 min, 16mm
    On man and machine. On the wheel upon which man turns and is turned. On 'homo mechanicus' – 'machine man'. I've been thinking a lot about the kinds of art, and kinds of experimental films, that mean most to me. I like work where we sense that the maker has learnt to see the world from inside their medium, indeed where the medium they use shapes their very perceptions of the world. With film - the mechanical art - this means the artist standing inside the cinema machine, or having the cinema machine inside their head. In this film I was interested in making this metaphor explicit. 

    Blending and Blinding
    Dianna Barrie and Richard Tuohy, 2018, 11 min, 16mm
    Screens and partitions; windows and shutters; grids, curves and arches. Three peoples, one country: Malaysia.

    Cyclone Tracery
    Dianna Barrie and Richard Tuohy, 2018, 15 min, 2 x 16mm 
    On Christmas eve in 1974, the city of Darwin in tropical northern Australia was devastated by Cyclone Tracy. In this expanded cinema piece, a single film print, featuring only concentric circles is bi-packed against itself in two 16mm projectors simultaneously. Through this approach, the quadrupled image of circles is transformed into troubled patterns of pulsating and swirling interference and whaling sounds of tropical violence.

    Dot Matrix
    Dianna Barrie and Richard Tuohy, 2013, 16 min, 2 x 16mm
    Working from the original photogram ’dot’ material from Richard’s film Screen Tone (2012), Dot Matrix is an expanded cinema performance involving two almost completely overlapping projected images. The ‘dots’ were produced by laying sheets of half-tone ‘dot’ paper (which are used in manga illustrations) directly onto raw 16mm film stock, exposing the film through the paper with a flash-light and thus photographically transferring the dot images onto the film. These dots were then contacted printed with ‘flicker’ (alternating black frames) creating strobing 'interuptions' to he dots. Two near identical prints of the strobing dots are projected almost overlapping on the one surface. The drama of the film emerges in the overlap of the two images. The product they make is greater than the parts. As in Screen Tone, the sounds heard are those that the dots themselves produce as they pass the optical sound head of the 16mm projector.


    Q&A with the filmmakers


    Entry for donations

    Supported by State Culture Capital Foundation


    Baltic Analog Lab invites to a special screening with our guest from Academy Film Archive of USA - film preservationist Mark Toscano bringing us a special film programme consisting of 16mm films he has been restoring as a preservationist. 

    Guest curator Mark Toscano presents a selection of 16mm experimental short films by five visionary artists who have used the medium of film to explore the surreal and the subconscious. These films employ techniques including animation, optical compositing, x-ray photography, found footage, and other unusual methods to create visually unconventional worlds influenced by memories, dreams, and the elemental strangeness of our imagination. By exploring their respective paths through these intangible realms, these artists provide us with a set of incredibly distinctive visions, bringing into ghostly visibility the invisible threads which connect us in unexpected ways. 
    As a special film we want to point out a film "Babobilicons" by American Latvian filmmaker Daina Krūmiņš.

    Mirror People (1974) by Kathy Rose
    color, sound, '5, 16mm

    Roseblood (1974) by Sharon Couzin
    color, sound, '7, 16mm

    Babobilicons (1982) by Daina Krumins
    color, sound, '16, 16mm

    Sanctus (1990) by Barbara Hammer
    color, sound, '18.5, 16mm

    Elasticity (1976) by Chick Strand
    bw & color, sound, '25, 16mm

    Mark Toscano is a filmmaker, curator, and film preservationist based in Los Angeles. Since 2003, he has worked at the Academy Film Archive, where he specializes in the curation, conservation, and preservation of artists' films. He works with the collections of over 100 filmmakers, and has overseen the conservation and preservation of hundreds of films, including work by Stan Brakhage, Barbara Hammer, Chick Strand, Tacita Dean, Penelope Spheeris, the Whitney brothers, Gus Van Sant, Pat O'Neill, Suzan Pitt, and many others. He has curated and presented programs at numerous venues, including MoMA, Arsenal, Eye Filmmuseum, Tate Modern, and festivals in Rotterdam, London, Oberhausen, Zagreb, Bangalore, and elsewhere. He is a programmer with Los Angeles Filmforum, and has lectured at various universities on experimental film and archiving, as well as teaching the History of Experimental Animation at CalArts.

    Free entry or donations

    photo © Gerhard Kassner / Berlinale

    Supported by Latvian State Culture Capital foundation


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