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Diffraktion #10

LaborBerlin e.V. presents the annual showcase highlighting new works by LaborBerlin members and friends

Saturday, 15/02/2019, 8 PM – 12 AM
ACUD MACHT NEU – Veteranenstraße 21, 10119 Berlin, Germany

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LaborBerlin e.V. is happy to present the tenth edition of DIFFRAKTION, the annual showcase of the newest works by our members, on Saturday, 15th of February 2020.

This year, we are also proud to present a special screening of experimental films produced in West Germany (BRD) in the 1980s, with films from Die Tödliche Doris, Dagie Brundert, Rosi S.M., Heike Nikolaus and Jan Rehwinkel and Dietger Schäle.

LaborBerlin e.V. is a nonprofit, independent film collective, open to all individuals interested in analogue film. DIFFRAKTION opens up the lab to the wider public interested in preserving the artistic use of analogue film and supporting collective initiatives in a non-hierarchical and non-commercial manner.

Saturday, 15th February 2020
Doors open: 7.00 pm
Entry Fee: 7 Euros

Dieses Jahr präsentiert LaborBerlin e.V. die zehnte Ausgabe von DIFFRAKTION – ein Abend mit den neuesten Filmen und Performances unserer Mitglieder und Arbeiten von befreundeten Künstlerinnen und Filmemacherinnen.

Dieses Mal zeigen wir zusätzlich ein besonderes Programm mit experimentellen Arbeiten von West-Deutschland aus den 80ern. Zu sehen sind Filme von Die Tödliche Doris, Dagie Brundert, Rosi S.M., Heike Nikolaus undJan Rehwinkel und Dietger Schäle.

LaborBerlin e.V. versteht sich als ein eigenständiges Filmkollektiv, das für alle offen ist, die an analoger Filmpraxis interessiert sind. DIFFRAKTION öffnet das Labor für eine breitere Öffentlichkeit, die daran interessiert ist, die künstlerische Nutzung des Analogfilms zu erhalten und kollektive Initiativen auf nicht-hierarchische und nicht-kommerzielle Weise zu unterstützen.

Samstag, 15. Februar 2020
Einlass: 19:00 Uhr
Eintritt: 7 Euro


Analogue Natives film by Bernd Lützeler
35mm & digital double projection, 12 min, 2020
Day in day out a man sits in his dark, dusty space, next to his beloved and hated analogue film machines, waiting. At one point working with celluloid felt just too expensive, too complicated, and too exhausting. Maybe he could become a farmer instead…

Cleaning film by Milica Jovčić
Super / regular 8mm, 6 Min, 2020
Based on found footage and home-movies filmed on super 8mm during Yugoslavia and affected by chemical deterioration, “Cleaning” explores lifes that could be, but didn’t happen.

Untitled (for my sister) film by Nora Molitor
Super8, 3 min, 2019
A birthday present to the sister – home movie, pathos, sun in February. 

Städtefilme “München” und “West-Berlin” films by Die Tödliche Doris
Super8, 1983 (BRD)
Every organizer who invited Die Tödliche Doris was asked to shoot a 6-minute film on Super-8 about the city where the performance was to take place. Screenplay: a local city guide as ordinary as possible. For most, the task was also their debut as filmmakers. René Block’s “West Berlin” film shows the well-known sights of a half of the city and some typical beginner’s mistakes with a thoroughly personal touch. “München” was shot by Doris Kuhn, who probably forgot to take the shutter off the camera. 

16mm,  8 Min, 1981 (BRD)
Pictures from Heinrichplatz as well as Mariannenstraße and Oranienstraße in Berlin-Kreuzberg. A tracking shot along old houses with graffiti on the walls.

Teaser für ||Aes |Omi Sau !khais film by Melina Pafundi
16mm, 4 min, 2020
A teaser for the WIP documentary film ||Aes |Omi Sau !khais (a timely hidden place of the souls)

Out in the Desert film by Natalia Fentisova
16mm, 5 min, 2019
A wondering in the desert, a physical & psychological journey, discovering the Self.

Postcards 9: Omilonta agalmata film by Distruktur
16mm, 3 min, 2014-2019
Restlessness and hope coexist in the heart that beats under the white marble.

Wind-Wind, TurnTheTide, Performance/Singing/Film by Katrin Eissing feat. Isabel Kalis
Vocal+16mm, 7 min, 2020
Who can sail against the wind? Who can sail without steering wheel? Who can loose a friend without tears? 

3 Fischfilme film by Dagie Brundert and Gabriele Kahnert
Super8, approx. 3 min, 1989 (BRD)
„Fish in the ass, with angles and in the mailbox…“

Rolle 90 film by Jan Rehwinkel and Dietger Schäle
Super8, approx. 4 min, 1991 
Two young filmmakers explore the technical range of an old Super-8-equipment and learn about their creative potential using moving images. 30 years later, this film seems to be a snapshot of the time when Super-8 was replaced by video and it wouldn’t take too long until the digital possibilities would cause a flood of images.

Yung Bu Fang Chi film by Deborah S. Phillips
16mm, 3 min, 2020
My Neighbour, Samer, is a trained translator & interpreter for Arabic/ Chinese & would like to work in his field.

In Loving Memory of the Future film by Laurence Favre
Super8, 8 min, 2018
Archive footage of a weekend among friends at the beach intertwines with the testimony about memories that are fading away: the rock group, the beginnings of the hippie movement, a feeling of carelessness and freedom in the United States in the 1950s. The now aged protagonists share their memories and reflections on a distant youth that some feel is still present.

Temple Of Truth film by Giuseppe Boccassini
16mm and Super8, 16 Min, 2018
Temple of Truth is an archive that constantly ambulates amid tangles of decaying worlds, experienced as petrified, deprived, residual traces, preserving in the process of taking along and transforming itself, a magmatic state, a specific, ancestral, sometimes whitish non-space. 

Schatten einer Jugend
Das Wesen der Apollinker – oder die Kunst, sich selbst zu opfern 
Super 8, approx. 9 Min, 1990
Two conflicting principles of life are at odds here. Reason and emotion, asceticism and inebriation. Inspired by Stéphane Mallarmés “L’après-midi d’un faune” we are, armed with a bottle of wine, driven to the Schenefelder Mühlenteich, which is the backdrop for this “whispered into the afternoon” movie. Dionysus tries to seduce Apollo and the camera refers to the painting “Hylas and the Nymphs” by John William Waterhouse.

LaborBerlin Workshop at Analogica 2019

Date: 07-08/12/2019
Location: FotoForum – Bolzano, Italy

Visual poems, diaries, fragments of observation, moving sketchbooks – create little cine-mysteries with in-camera effects / editing and learn how to hand-process 16mm film.

An introduction to experimental 16mm film-making focused on the camera as a critical aspect of the working method. Which techniques can you use to shoot different? How can simple technical matters and specifics of the medium work along with aesthetical choices, opening up filmic spaces for personal expression?

LaborBerlin members Natalia Fentisova and Maja Milic will provide you, not only with the fundamentals of the Bolex camera, the shooting process and hand-developing, but also a way of thinking and opening up the creative potential with the premise – it’s not only about operating a machine, but learning and interacting with it.

The first day we will look into the choices one needs to make before starting to make a film, the basic practical functions of the H16 Bolex Reflex camera. We will learn how to use the possibilities of the camera itself to create effects like multiple exposure, masking, stop/slow/fast motion, animating, in-camera dissolves, experiments with duration etc. Using black and white reversal film, we will finally shoot improvisations on spot. The idea is that the editing too happens in the camera, so you will either make a precise plan how to shoot or leave it to randomness and coincidence. Plus, you will be encouraged to see the limit of a camera roll as advantage.

The second day we will hand-process your films, project and analyse the results.
The workshop is suitable for beginners.

More info: https://www.analogica.org/bolex.html
Video of some results: https://vimeo.com/382127863


Date: October 06, 12 and 19, 2019
Location: Filmmuseum Potsdam

Ein Workshop zur Neuvertonung gefundener Home Movies auf Super-8
A workshop on creating new soundtrack for found home movies on Super-8 film

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[ Der Begriff “BILD-TON-SCHERE” beschreibt das Auseinanderdriften zweier miteinander verbundener Teile in verschiedene Richtungen. Im Film laufen Bild und Ton zwar parallel, müssen sich jedoch nicht notwendigerweise und nicht zu jedem Zeitpunkt direkt aufeinander beziehen… ]

Im Rahmen des diesjährigen Home Movie Day bietet LaborBerlin e.V.einen Workshop, bei dem die künstlerische Praxis der Bild-Ton-Montage und die Ästhetik des Found-Footage-Films im Vordergrund stehen. Der Workshop findet in der ersten Oktoberhälfte an zwei ganztägigen Terminen im Filmmuseum Potsdam statt. Ziel ist es, in Gruppenarbeit gefundene Home Movies mit einem neuen Soundtrack zu versehen und den Bildern somit eine neue Bedeutungsebene zu verleihen. Durch das Spiel mit der “BILD-TON-SCHERE” soll ein neues “drittes” Bild im Kopf des Zuschauers entstehen.

Teilnehmer können – falls vorhanden – ihre eigenen Familienfilme auf Super-8 mitbringen oder sich aus einem bereitgestellten Fundus unbekannter Herkunft bedienen. Voraussetzung ist, dass das verwendete Super-8-Filmmaterial bereits über eine Magnet-Tonspur verfügt. Wir arbeiten direkt mit dem Super-8 Material, und nicht mit digitalisierten Scans.

1. WORKSHOP TAG (Sonntag, 6.10.2019)
Der Workshop beginnt mit einer Einführung in die Thematik. Hierzu sehen wir uns Beispiele aus der Filmkunst an. Im praktischen Teil sichten wir mitgebrachte und vorhandene Home Movies und entwickeln in mehreren Gruppen Ideen für eigene, kreative Soundtracks. Je nach Bedarf können Home Movies auch manuell geschnitten werden. Die dazu nötigen Werkzeuge werden gestellt. Parallel werden Sound-Ideen gesammelt, improvisiert, aufgenommen, heruntergeladen, ausprobiert, verworfen…

KW41 – Zwischen den beiden Workshop-Terminenhaben alle Gruppen eine Woche lang Gelegenheit, sich privat zu treffen und an den Soundtracks weiterzuarbeiten…

2. WORKSHOP TAG (Samstag, 12.10.2019)
Beim zweiten Treffen werden wir dann die selbst gemachten Soundtracks gemeinsam anhören, diskutieren, ggf. überarbeiten. Am Ende wird jede Gruppe ihren Soundtrack vom Laptop (oder Tape) direkt auf die Magnet-Tonspur des Super-8-Films aufspielen. Hierzu benutzen wir diverse Super-8 Projektoren mit Tonaufnahme-Funktion (Elmo GS-1200 und Braun Visacustic 2000)

HOME MOVIE DAY (Samstag, 19.10.2019)
Die frisch vertonten Filme werden am Home Movie Day im originalen Super-8 Format vor großem Publikum präsentiert. Das Film-Screening findet im Kino des Filmmuseums Potsdam um 14:15 Uhr statt und dauert ca. 45 Minuten. Je nach Länge unserer Arbeitsergebnisse besteht Gelegenheit für ein Publikumsgespräch. Außerdem gibt es die Möglichkeit, die erstellten Filme vor Ort digitalisieren zu lassen und die Dateien mit nach Hause zu nehmen.

• Grundkenntnisse der Tonbearbeitung (Aufnahme, Schneiden, Mixen)
• Eigener Laptop-Computer oder anderes Audio-Equipment – bitte mitbringen!
• Teilnehmer sollten in KW41 genug Zeit haben, um privat weiterzuarbeiten.

Eigene Home Movies können NUR verwendet werden, wenn sie bereits über eine vorhandene Magnet-Tonspur verfügen. Im Workshop wird die vorhandene Magnet-Tonspur gelöscht und neu bespielt! Gelöschte Tonaufnahmen gehen unwiederbringlich verloren!


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[ The term „Image-Sound-Juxtaposition“ describes the drifting of two connected parts in different directions. In film, image and sound run parallel, but they do not necessarily have to relate directly to each other, and not at all times… ]

As part of this year’s Home Movie Day LaborBerlin e.V.is hosting a workshop focusing on the artistic practice of image & sound editing and the aesthetics of found footage film. The workshop takes place in two full-day events at the Filmmuseum Potsdam in the first half of October. The goal of the workshop is to create a new soundtrack for found home movies and thus to give the images a new level of meaning. Through Image-Sound-Juxtaposition a „third“ image should occur in the mind of the spectator. 

Participants can bring their own family movies on Super-8, if they have them, or work with found footage of unknown origin, provided by the workshop.  We will only use Super-8 film material that already contains a magnetic soundtrack and wewill work in groups directly with the Super-8 material, not with digitized scans.

1stWORKSHOP DAY (Sunday, 6.10.2019)
The workshop will start with a theoretical introduction into the topic. We will look at examples from cinematic art. In the practical part of the workshop we will view the home movies that participants brought or the one provided by the workshop, and develop ideas for creative soundtracks in groups. If necessary, home movies can also be cut manually, and the required tools will be provided. At the same time, the sound ideas will be collected, improvised, recorded, downloaded, tried out, discarded…

WEEK 41 – Between the two workshops sessions, all groups will have a week to meet privately and work on their soundtracks…

2ndWORKSHOP DAY (Saturday, 12.10.2019)
During the second meeting we will listen to the self-made soundtracks together, discuss and possibly revise them. In the end, each group will play their soundtrack from the laptop (or tape) and record it directly onto the magnetic soundtrack of the Super-8 film. For this we will use various Super-8 projectors with sound recording function (Elmo GS-1200 and Braun Visacustic 2000).

HOME MOVIE DAY (Saturday 19.10.2019)
We will present our films and their brand new soundtracks in original Super-8 format in front of a large audience on Home Movie Day. The film screening will take place in the cinema of the Filmmuseum Potsdam at 14:15 and will last about 45 minutes with the opportunity for a public discussion. In addition, there will be an opportunity to digitalize the films from the workshop and to take those files home.

• Basic knowledge of sound processing (recording, editing, mixing)
• Laptop or other audio equipment – please bring your own!
• During week #41 participants should have enough time to continue working in private

Your own home movies can only be used if they already have an existing magnetic soundtrack. In the workshop, the existing magnetic sound track is erased and re-recorded! Erased sound recordings will be lost irretrievably!


Mit freundlicher Unterstützung von Kühn Video Technik, Foto Braune & screenshot // Kindly supported by Kühn Video Technik, Foto Braune & screenshot

Catarina Cavallari, Natalia Fentisova, Giuseppe Boccassini, Bernd Lützeler.

Filmmuseum Potsdam
Breite Str. 1A
14467 Potsdam

Sunday, 06th Oct 2019:   Workshop 10:00-18:00
Saturday, 12th Oct 2019:   Workshop 10:00-18:00
Saturday, 19th Oct 2019:   Screening 14:15-15:00

Min. 6 / max. 12

40 Euro (20 Euro für Mitglieder von LaborBerlin e.V.  //  for members of LaborBerlin)


Summer Screening 2019

LaborBerlin presents its annual Summer Screening on August 10th, 2019. Join us for an evening of new films and performances by our members alongside some visiting friends and guest artists. The screening will take place at Kino Zukunft near Ostkreuz. There will be food & drinks in the garden, starting at 7:00pm.

Date: Saturday, 10th August 2019
Location: Kino Zukunft, Laskerstrasse 5, 10245 Berlin
Doors open: 7:00PM
Entry Fee: 9 Euros

Ticket reservation: vyusmirnova@gmail.com
(tickets will only be reserved until program starts at 8 pm)

Auch dieses Jahr präsentieren wir wieder einen Abend mit neuen Filmen und Performances unserer Mitglieder und Arbeiten von befreundeten Künstlern und Filmemachern, diesmal im Kino Zukunft am Ostkreuz. Zu sehen gibt es ein ganzes Programm von den kürzlich gegründeten Analogfilmwerken in Hamburg, zwei Arbeiten der Macher von Harkat Studios in Mumbai / Indien, vier Film-Performances, u.a. von Aurélie Percevault von Mire einem Labor in Nantes / Frankreich und die Berlin-Premiere einer Installation der spanischen Künstlerin Esperanza Collado. Außerdem gibt es Food & Drinks im Garten.

Datum: Samstag, 10. August 2019
Einlass: 19:00 Uhr
Eintritt: 9 Euro
Ort: Kino Zukunft, Laskerstrasse 5, 10245 Berlin

Tickets: könnt Ihr reservieren über vyusmirnova@gmail.com
Die Reservierung gilt nur bis zum Programmstart um 20 Uhr.

Analog Workshop 2019

Date: August 30 – September 4, 2019
Location: LaborBerlin, Arsenal, Silent Green, Kornmanufaktur

arsenal_workshop_bild 2018

For the third year, LaborBerlin is happy to collaborate with Arsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst e.V. to offer an intensive, 5-day analog film workshop. Participants will learn to shoot and develop 16mm film as well as the principles of analog/digital archiving, digitization, and analog/digital projection.

More info here.

Book – Film in the Present Tense

This book brings together contributions from participants and guests of Film in the Present Tense – International Symposium on Current Developments in Analog Film Culture, held in Berlin. It reflects a contemporary discussion around the use, value and purpose of analogue film from a multiplicity of perspectives: artists, filmmakers, scholars, archivists, curators, technician s and manufacturers. Film in the Present Tense intends to provide a documentation of the collective momentum that characterized the symposium and it responds to the persistent desire to keep talking about analogue film.

Edited by L.Greenfield, D. S. Phillips, K.Schroedinger, B.Speidel and P. Widmann
Designed by Anne Retsch

Available at Archive Books! – link here

Diffraktion # 9

LaborBerlin e.V. presents

Date: February 2, 2019
Location: ACUD MACHT NEU, Veteranenstrasse 21, 10119 Berlin
Hours: Doors open at 7pm, event begins at 7:30pm

LaborBerlin e.V. is happy to present the 9th edition of Diffraktion, the annual showcase highlighting new works by LaborBerlin members and friends.

This year’s Diffraktion will be hosting guests from Labodoble (Prague) showing the new performance of Alexandra Moralesová and Georgy Bagdasarov.

LaborBerlin members will present their latest collection of analogue works on Super8 and 16mm film.

With works by: Natalia Fentisova, Isma Gane, Dr. Globus & Busenvolk, Luisa Greenfield, Tomasz Konart, Melina Pafundi, Alejo Franzetti, Deborah S. Philipps, Katrin Eissing, Bernd Lützeler, Alexandra Moralesová and Georgy Bagdasarov

The event will be moderated by Maria Morata and Alejo Franzetti.

Facebook event: www.facebook.com/events/276592823049526/

Scotch Tape Cinema and Sound

Date: September 20, 2018
Workshop: 10am – 5pm
Location: LaborBerlin, Prinzenallee 58, 13359 Berlin

This workshop is open to non-LaborBerlin members. Participation is limited and pre-registration is required. To register for the workshop please send an email to labor.organisation@gmail.com
Workshop fee for non-members: 30 €


Participants will learn to make motion pictures and looping sound with a very economical tool: simple adhesive tape! We will make eye-popping “moving collages” using a dye transfer technique from magazine pages onto 16mm film, then segue into making our own cassette tape loops, splicing by hand and re-recording onto them. The workshop will include a presentation on the history of using everyday materials for art making, direct animation and audio tape loops. Participants will leave at the end of the day with their very own 16mm collage film and reusable audio cassette tape loop.

More info here.

Mike Stoltz (b. 1981, Miami, FL) is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker who works directly with the tools of cinema – images, sound, and time – to reexamine the familiar. His 16mm films and videos have played at festivals and micro-cinemas around the globe. Prior to filmmaking he spent many years involved in every aspect of the DIY music scene, from playing in bands and releasing records to lifting equipment and mopping the floor at the end of the show. He is a member of the The Echo Park Film Center and teaches at various universities in Southern California.

Spotlights on a Brick Wall – Films by Alee Peoples and Mike Stoltz

Date: September 21, 2018 at 8 pm
Location: LaborBerlin, Prinzenallee 58, 13359 Berlin


LaborBerlin is proud to host emerging filmmakers from the alternative film scene in Los Angeles Alee Peoples and Mike Stoltz for a screening of their films on 16mm. Their work addresses the personal and political through the use of playfulness, in- camera editing, photoplay and performative DIY antics.


Spotlight on a Brick Wall
Alee Peoples + Mike Stoltz | 2016 | 16mm | 8′
A performance film that navigates expectations of both the audience and the makers. A series of false starts. Dub treatment on the laugh track.

With Pluses and Minuses
Mike Stoltz | 2013 | 16mm | 5′
“…Stoltz shakes and dislocates audio and image with volume and pitch variations, editing the 16mm film in camera, varying the focus and the shot length of every frame, shifting background and foreground, turning and spinning the camera hand-held positions, and allowing sequences of black that punctuate the image’s algorithms. The filmmaker’s dance transforms abstraction into personal experience. He is an active agent of the surrounding world, and of the opportunities that open and close before us” – Mónica Savirón, Lumiere

Them Oracles
Alee Peoples | 2012 | 16mm | 7′
Them Oracles is a skeptic investigation of what an oracle can be and what it would sound like. Human desire and blind faith allow, and maybe even will, these mystic soothsayers to exist.

Alee Peoples | 2017 | 16mm | 10′
Alee Peoples Decoy sees bridges and walls as binary opposites and relates them to impostors in this world. Humans strive for accuracy. You don’t always get what you wish for.

Half Human, Half Vapor

Mike Stoltz | 2015 | 16mm | 12′
“This project began out of a fascination with a giant sculpture of a dragon attached to a Central Florida mansion. The property had recently been left to rot, held in lien by a bank. Hurricanes washed away the sculpture. I learned about the artist who created this landmark, Lewis Vandercar (1913-1988), who began as a painter. His practice grew along with his notoriety for spell-casting and telepathy. Inspired by Vandercar’s interest in parallel possibility, I combined these images with text from local newspaper articles in a haunted-house film that both engages with and looks beyond the material world.” – MS

If You Can’t See My Mirrors, I Can’t See You
Alee Peoples | 2016 | 16mm | 12′
A study of the frame. An equal exchange between friends.

Under The Atmosphere
Mike Stoltz | 2014 | 16mm | 14′
Filmed on the Central Florida “Space Coast”, site of NASA’s launch pads. Dormant spacecraft, arcane text, activated landscape, and the surface of the image work towards a future-past shot reverse shot.

Alee Peoples (b. 1981, Oklahoma City) maintains a varied artistic practice that involves screen‐printing, sewing, sculpture and film. Super 8 and 16mm film are vehicles for loose storytelling with history and humor. Simple props and gestures are part of her aesthetic. She is inspired by pedestrian histories, pop song lyrics and invested in the hand‐made. A long time ago, she saw Ministry play on her 15th birthday. A not-so-long time ago, she and two friends did a 14-date film tour through the Southern U.S. For some time now, she makes money by installing art at museums.

Mike Stoltz (b. 1981, Miami, FL) is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker who works directly with the tools of cinema – images, sound, and time – to reexamine the familiar. His 16mm films and videos have played at festivals and micro-cinemas around the globe. Prior to filmmaking he spent many years involved in every aspect of the DIY music scene, from playing in bands and releasing records to lifting equipment and mopping the floor at the end of the show. He is a member of the The Echo Park Film Center and teaches at various universities in Southern California.

Film to the people

Date: September 16, 2018 at 8 pm
Location: Roter Salon, Volksbühne, Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, 10178 Berlin


LaborBerlin presents a selection of recent films and performances made by its members at Roter Salon on September 16. These works give testimony to the value of individual freedom achieved through collaboration, solidarity and mutual support.


Bernd Lützeler – Digital Rituals in the Analogue Cloud – 8 min
(single channel Super-8 with Guido Möbius playing live music)

Björn Speidel – Tree Again 2 – 8 min
(3x 16mm with live sound)

Sophie Watzlawick – Sans Lune – 12 min
(single channel 16mm)

Laurence Favre – Resistance – 11 min
(single channel 16mm)

Luisa Greenfield
– Imago Mundi – 6 min
(single 16mm with live performance lecture)

Natalia Fentisova – Soul – 1 min
(single channel 16mm)

Katrin Eissing/ Melina Pafundi – Gedenken – 9 min
(single channel 16mm)

Johnny Welch – Discharge Working II – 5 min
(single channel 16mm)

Anja Dornieden/ Juan David Gonzalez Monroy – The Hot & the Cold – 25 min
(16mm, slide projection, fog with live sound)

Busenvolk – 20 min
(expanded concert)

More info and tickets here.