Oblique Strategies

Oblique Strategies

In this three day workshop, we will watch films, read texts and shoot 16mm film with an emphasis on producing spontaneity and surprise out of the banal and the ordinary. Each day will focus on one of three themes — Environment, Object and Text — and will include both a discussion of relevant texts and moving image works by various artists and filmmakers, as well as a workshop portion where we will perform collaborative scores and exercises as a group, both with and without 16mm filmmaking equipment, with the intention of making work not based on ideas and concepts, but on playful experimentation with the forms and materials of time-based art.

We will be discussing the texts:
"Oblique Strategies" Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt
"Pillow Book" Sei Shōnagon
"Approaches to What?" Georges Perec
"Against Meaning in Ballet" Edwin Denby
and works by:
Yvonne Rainer, Paul and Marelene Kos, Pauline Oliveros, Stuart Sherman, Marcel Broodthaers

When: 8. & 9. & 10.Sept. 2022 // 11AM - 4PM (lunch included)
Where: Polar Film Lab (Kysten), Tromsø
PFL provides equipment and material for the workshop
Please sign up by writing an email to:
polarfilmlab@gmail.com

We ask for a limited fee of 300kr to cover some of the costs of materials, but if you are unwaged/low waged get in touch as we have some free spaces. We aim to make Polar Film Lab as accessible as possible, for as broad a group as possible, and aim to offer as much free or on a ‘Pay what you can’ framework as possible - if you receive project funding or have an income, we ask that you help us keep doing what we are doing by paying a small fee.


Laida Lertxundi is a filmmaker and artist living and working between Los Angeles, California and the Basque Country. Her 16mm films bring together ideas from conceptual art and structural film with a radical, embodied, feminist perspective. Her work has been featured in exhibitions and solo exhibitions at museums including the Whitney Biennial, Museum of American Art, New York; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; MoMa, New York; Tate Modern, London, Matadero, Madrid and ICA, London.

Ren Ebel is a writer and artist from California whose work includes sound, film/video, text and drawing. His criticism, fiction and art has appeared in Artforum, Frieze and Mousse.

++ Polar Film Lab is a membership collective providing space and community around analogue film in Tromsø, northern Norway. We supply working facilities, and hold film screenings, masterclasses and workshops to improve the opportunities for artists working with film in the North, and to expand the knowledge around analogue and experimental film both within and outwith the arts community. It runs with a ‘do-it-yourself’ focus, aiming to bring more people into direct contact with analogue film.
*The project is generously supported by: Kulturrådet - Arts Council Norway, Sparebank1 Nord-Norge and Tromsø kommune.*

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Polar Film Lab & Tromsø Kunstforening invite for the PRISMS edition:
The Deviant Product with Anette Gellein & Laida Lertxundi

19:00, 9 September 2022
Tromsø Kunstoforening, Muségata 2, Tromsø
Free entry

In the 1960s, the Norwegian filmmaker Erik Borge argued the need for more “free artistic short films” in Norway, which he defined as “the deviant product – the strange, the difficult, the angry”. The Deviant Product is a series of screenings around Norway investigating the ambiguous space between art and film, and asking what kinds of deviance and dissent we should be looking for in moving images today. Guests are invited to nominate works they consider important, in some way, for renewing a conversation about alternative and experimental film in a Norwegian context.
The Tromsø edition is a collaboration with the Polar Film Lab, a membership collective providing space and community around analogue film in Tromsø. Lab co-founder Sarah Schipschack has nominated two artists to show work in person: Laida Lertxundi, an acclaimed filmmaker living between in Los Angeles and the Basque country, who will also be running a 16mm workshop during the week; and Anette Gellein, an artist from Stavanger who has just arrived in Tromsø for a residency with the Film Lab.
After the screening Anette, Laida and Sarah will be in conversation with PRISMS director Mike Sperlinger.

PROGRAM

Performance by Anette Gellein
I Always Liked The Sedative Effect Of Flowers
A brand-new text-based performance building on Anette’s film-in-progress, based on her research into vocal and pedal effects.
“I have always liked flowers. For no reason whatsoever. They are beautiful, mystical, tactile and nasty if you look close. But the truth is that I don’t know anything about them. Neither do I care enough to study them. Still I love them, superficially, but it’s ok. Like butterflies, I love them too. Some things can be just that, just your own version of itself. I don’t even know where these flowers came from. I woke up from a bad dream and suddenly they were in my hands. This total disconnection is beauty, it’s synthetic. It’s fake.”

Filmscreenings with Laida Lertxundi
Llora Cuando Te Pase // Cry When It Happens
Laida Lertxundi
(2010, United States, 14 mins, 16mm film)
Los Angeles City Hall is reflected onto the window of the Paradise Motel. It serves as an anchor for this traversal through the natural expanse of California. Here, we discover a restrained psychodrama of play, loss, and the transformation of everyday habitats. Music appears across the interiors and exteriors and speaks of limitlessness and longing.
025 Sunset Red
Laida Lertxundi
(2016, USA, 14 mins, 16mm)
025 Sunset Red is a kind of quasi-autobiographical reckoning. An indiscernibility of then and now. Recollection and immediacy. Delicacy and virility. The elusive and the haptic. The Basque Country and California. It’s a set of echoes of an upbringing by communist radicals, not as nostalgia but as a way of making sense, of finding practical applications of the past in the present. Within the film, blood is collected and poured, red filters cover landscapes, and images of desire are both produced and observed. The film is a diaphanous, psychedelic foray into the domestic and the political, looking at ways that politics may erupt, shape a life, form a sensibility, and become inscribed upon a body.
Vivir para Vivir / Live to Live
Laida Lertxundi
(2015, United States, 11 mins, 16mm)
A certain trajectory of being lost is drawn across sparsely populated mountain regions while physical processes from heartbeat to orgasm shape image, sound and color patterns until the horizon is reached. With original sounds and music by Ezra Buchla, Albert Ortega, Laura Steenberge and Tashi Wada.

DIY/LIT - Do It Yourself, Learn It Together - Colour Developing

28th & 29th May 2022 // 09:30 - 15:30

Introductory workshop to colour processing! The DIY non-experts at Polar Film Lab will lead a workshop for analogue novices, amateurs, super-pros and all others.
This will offer an introduction to colour processing of 16mm cine-film, the process and the chemistry involved. For those unfamiliar, there will be a brief introduction to the camera, equipment and darkroom and will shoot some film together. However, we will spend most of our time in the darkroom trying out a couple of different colour processes.

This is part of our DIY/LIT introduction series: Polar Film Lab has been running for some time but while we know a variety of different things, we are NON-EXPERTS, and as such these workshops are very much about learning, experimenting, playing and trying to get to grips with the very different tactility of analogue cine-film! We are about DIY, collective learning and feeding into each other’s different types of knowledge. Analogue formats are exciting, offer lots of room for experimentation and for evolution into contemporaneous, cutting edge image making. They also use very old, mechanical equipment which offers lots of room for failure. This is part of the excitement and joy, but also makes it a slow and imprecise process - be aware you may make beautiful films that look nothing like what you hoped! (You may also, on occasion, make films which are entirely black!)

As part of the workshop we will provide: Film stock, equipment, chemicals, our time and some different experience working with different analogue equipment/formats, lunch and coffee :)
What you provide: Cooperation, any knowledge that you have, and a (loose) idea of something you would like to film.

We ask for a limited fee of 300kr to cover some of the costs of materials, but if you are unwaged/low waged get in touch as we have some free spaces. We aim to make Polar Film Lab as accessible as possible, for as broad a group as possible, and aim to offer as much free or on a ‘Pay what you can’ framework as possible - if you receive project funding or have an income, we ask that you help us keep doing what we are doing by paying a small fee.

When: 28th & 29th May, 09:30 - 15:30
Where: Polar Film Lab (Kysten), Tromsø
PFL provides equipment and material for the workshop
Please sign up with writing an email to: polarfilmlab@gmail.com

PRISMS

Seaweed as film developer
A workshop with Lena Gudd at Polar Film Lab

Polar Film Lab invites you to a one day introduction workshop using seaweed as a developer for 16mm b/w film. Seaweed is a great resource here in the North and Lena has experimented with sustainable methods for developing analogue film on that basis.

Does sustainability, analogue film and seaweed sound like an intriguing combination to you? Well then join our workshop and learn how to develop a film roll in seaweed! We will forage seaweed together, shoot a black & white film, make our own seaweed-based developer and develop our film.

No prior knowledge about analogue film is necessary. This workshop also fits those that have advanced knowledge and want to learn how to prepare a non-chemical developer.

When: Saturday 02.04.2022 from 10-16h
Where: Polar Film Lab, Kysten Tromsø Fylkeskultursenter, Strandvegen 95
What: bring clothes according to the weather, we'll be outside for about an hour
PFL provides equipment and material for the workshop
Please sign up with writing an email to: polarfilmlab@gmail.com

++ Lena Gudd will guide you through this plant-based developing process, as well as through the conversations that might be sparked around our relations to plants, to the natural world, creativity, film, photography and so on. She works at the intersection of photography and environmental humanities on multispecies relations in the North.
**DIY/LIT - Do It Yourself, Learn It Together - Analogue camera, black & white developing and analogue projecting**

30th April 2022, 10:30 - 16:00
7th & 8th May 2022, 10:30 - 16:00

Introductory workshop to all things moving-image and analogue! The DIY non-experts at Polar Film Lab will lead a workshop for analogue novices, amateurs, super-pros and all others over 2 weekends.

This will include an introduction to analogue 16mm cameras (Bolex and Krasnagorsk) and an introduction to at least some of the things that can go wrong with them. Everyone will then have a week to film on their own or with a buddy (we advise a buddy as we have limited cameras - also it’s more fun!), before coming back together to develop their black and white negatives using traditional photochemical processes. Finally, we will throw some light through our new film! We will take a look at what we have all produced, and learn a little about how a projector (Eiki) works.

What you provide: Cooperation, any knowledge that you have, and a (loose) idea of something you would like to film.

When: 30th April, 10:30 - 16:00 / 7th & 8th May, 10:30 - 16:00
Where: Polar Film Lab (Kysten), Tromsø
Please sign up with writing an email to: polarfilmlab@gmail.com