Polar Film Lab and Kurant9000 in Tromsø present an (online & offline) screening HOMEWORKS
at Kurant9000 September 2nd 2021 at 6PM (CET)


Polar Film Lab, Tromsø presents an online and in-person film screening in conjunction with HOMEWORKS, a four-day workshop led by artists Laida Lertxundi and Ren Ebel. These six film and video works take the messy, banal and familiar spaces of home and family as both form and subject, with humorous and surprising results. The screening is free and open to the public, regardless of whether you are attending the workshop. For online viewing please sing up at

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. Her most recent film Autoficción is premiering at San Sebastián Film Festival, NYFF and Curtas Vila do Conde in 2020. She received the Gure Artea Award.

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 collective providing a place for analogue film in Trosmø. We supply working facilities, film screenings, master class and workshop to improve the opportunities for artist working with film and create a place for exchange and engagement of ideas and experiences around filmic creation and expand the knowledge around analogue and experimental film.

The project is generously supported by:
Kulturrådet - Arts Council Norway, Sparebank1 Nord-Norge and Tromsø kommune and special thanks to Kurant9000.

Filmprogram HOMEWORKS

Wrist and Foot
Christina C. Nguyen, 2010, 1.5 min
An animated version of a first time mother's favorite memories.

Kenneth Tam, 2005, 7 min 37 sec
Sump documents a series of invented rituals between my father and I. Shot in the basement of his current home, sump explores the fraught space we both occupy, and uses our bodies as a way to examine the interpersonal tensions that exist in the Asian father/son relationship. Our wordless exchanges typify the way we have come to communicate through acts of silence.

Girl Power
Sadie Benning 1992, 15 min
Set to music by Bikini Kill (an all-girl band from Washington), Girl Power is a raucous vision of what it means to be a radical girl in the 1990s. Benning relates her personal rebellion against school, family, and female stereotypes as a story of personal freedom. Informed by the underground “riot grrrl” movement, this tape transforms the image politics of female youth, rejecting traditional passivity and polite compliance in favor of radical independence and a self-determined sexual identity.

The Dark, Krystle
Michael Robinson, USA, 2013,10 min
"The Dark, Krystle brilliantly re-purposes the artificiality of stock gesture, allowing viewers to see its hollowness and to feel it recharging with new emotional power. Equal parts archival fashion show and feminist morality play, Robinson's montage rekindles the unfinished business of identity, consumption, and excess in 1980s pop culture." — Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago

The Mom Tapes
Ilene Segalove, USA, 1974, 25 min
Segalove takes her mom as subject in these short pieces, recording her stories, her advice, and her daily routine. What results is a portrait of a contemporary mother-daughter relationship, touchingly devoid of drama and full of whimsical humor. For example, in one piece, Ilene’s mother laments over a pair of shoes her daughter has chosen to hang on the wall instead of wearing, saying, ”With you, everything is art.”

Utskor: Either /Or
Laida Lertxundi, 2013, NO/USA, 8 min
In the town of Utskor in the region of Bø, northern Norway, we find memories of a political past intertwining with domestic, familial moments during the midnight sun. (LL)


HOMEWORKS - fully booked

Homeworks is a 4-day online workshop series led by Laida Lertxundi and Ren Ebel with a focus on art practices which draw upon "the domestic" as a site of activity, a set of parameters and/or a source of thematic and aesthetic references. We will consider the work of several artists with families or young children who've balanced and blended their daily domestic labors with a studio art or filmmaking practice.

This series will include one-on-one online studio visits, a discussion of texts and artworks, a group prompt and a final project presentation. Also included in the series will be a public screening of film and video works that use home and family life as a generating principle in their creation.

This workshop is open to any interested artists working in any medium. We particularly encourage artists with children and/or other domestic responsibilities to participate.

Online workshop dates:
Sept 1rst 2021/ 6 PM individual studio visits,20 min
Sept 3rd 2021/ 6 - 8 PM group workshop
Sept 6th 2021/ 6 - 8 PM group workshop and presentations

Please sign up here:
The workshop fee is 15 Euro

* The workshop will be limited to 10 participants. The screening on September 2nd will be open to the public as well as those participating in the workshop.