Alternative Emulsions

Date: September 23 – 24, 2017
Workshop: 10am – 5pm (both days)
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
Workshop fee for non-members: 50 €

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A hands-on workshop that concentrates on two distinct Alternative Emulsion processes; Cyanotype, an iron emulsion process that produces a striking Prussian Blue image and Van Dyke Brown, an iron/silver emulsion that produces a beautiful and painterly sepia coloured image.

An intensive introduction into the alchemical nature of moving images showing a variety onto alternative, light sensitive, emulsions. We will explore the arts of home­brewed film emulsions and explore a variety of options for coating the emulsion onto 16mm film. A basic chemistry lesson will be provided to introduce the essential make-­up of these emulsions, followed by the creation of the emulsion in a darkroom. These emulsions will be created from scratch, using the key ingredient in the production of alternative emulsion:  ferric ammonium citrate. With our handmade film stock we will: expose photograms, make contact prints and hand­-process the results so they are ready for projection.

This practical workshop is suitable for anyone with an interest in film, photography, printing, art or working without computers. Making alternative emulsions is easy, the results are supercharged, the chemicals required are cheap and relatively safe and you can adapt most of the operations to your living room. The workshop covers every aspect of homebrewing alternatively, from coating 16mm film, making an exposure, developing the print and toning the final image. Participants will finish with a solid understanding of each process, its chemistry and practical tips to use in their own practice. Homebrew emulsions have a distinct and wonderful look to them that cannot be duplicated by other means and provide a wonderful basis for nearly endless experimentation. See the results by the end of the session! All chemicals, protective wear, and supplies are included.

Many of the alternative emulsions in use today are variants of the non-silver processes developed by Sir John Herschel in 1842 and they are among the oldest of all photographic processes. His Cyanotype is the original sun-light printing process and distinctive for producing rich, Prussian blue monochromatic prints, Cyanotype was used well into the 20th century as an inexpensive method for reproducing photographs, documents, maps and plans (hence the enduring architectural term “blueprint”), as well as for making impressions of biological specimens in the field (“photograms”). Another process, the Van Dyke Brown process, was named for the resemblance of the print color to the brown oil paint named for the Flemish painter Van Dyck. Both Cyanotype as Van Dyke Brown emulsions are very simple and economical to make and use water not only to develop the image but also to fix it and wash away the non-image-forming chemicals.

Esther Urlus is a Rotterdam-based artist working with motion picture film formats Super8, 16mm and 35mm. Resulting in films, performances and installations, her works always arise from DIY methods. Urlus’ work has been exhibited and screened at film festivals worldwide, among other 25FPS Festival Zagreb, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Oberhausen Short Film Festival, Sonic Acts, and the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Urlus is the founder of WORM Filmwerkplaats, Rotterdam, an artist-run workspace dedicated to motion picture film as an artistic, expressive medium.

“In my film work I create a link between specific historical events and stories and the (re) use of analog film techniques and inventions from the early days of photography and cinematography. I force a sometimes alienating parallel between the events or the story and the cinematic technique, to enhance the impact of the image. In addition, I create my own film material, literally, by mixing iron or silver compounds and salt with gelatin and water to form a light-sensitive emulsions. I’m not looking for a naturalist, commercial like film material, outcome. I intend to create unique components that, by its singularity, generates a special and cinematic experience. ”



Analog Workshop

Date: August 18 – 23, 2017
Location: LaborBerlin, Arsenal, Silent Green, Kornmanufaktur


LaborBerlin is proud to announce a new, comprehensive film workshop in collaboration with Arsenal – Institute für Film und Videokunst.

The more we are dedicated to preserving, rediscovering, and revitalizing archival films, the more we have to make sure that there is enough competence in dealing with analog film material in the future.

For this reason we are offering a six-day analog workshop for the first time. Arsenal members and partners will accompany the participants through the entire process: from producing a 16mm film, to digitizing it, then on to projecting it in the cinema, with added insights into archiving and caring for prints. The last day will involve a tour of the archive.

The workshop will delve into the various working areas, covering the basics with equal parts theory and practice. Starting in 2019 the Arsenal will be offering extended workshops in the specific areas.

The participation fee is 350 Euro, reduced 300 Euro. This includes one role of 16mm material to create a film, and cameras will be available for use. No previous knowledge necessary. Anyone interested can register at The number of participants is limited.

More info here.

Cinema of Ruins

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CINEMA OF RUINS workshop by Solomon Nagler 

Artists working with celluloid are migrating beyond the cinema, into galleries and in public spaces. The architecture of projection and the apparatuses of presentation are recontextualized, often incorporating sculptural works that dynamically augment the content of the film material.

This workshop explores intersections of architecture, installation art and celluloid cinema. Participants will create sculptural film works on  high-contrast 16mm film, which will be processed using Morse tanks. Participants will exhibit their work in public space, and are encouraged to work collaboratively to explore spatial perspective, as well as intersections between projection and form.  

Date: July 23rd – 29th 2017 Location: LaborBerlin e.V., 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 Workshop fee for non-members: 50 €

Number of participants:   around 12
Material: 16mm Film material (Kodak 3374) and developing chemistry are provided
Cameras: if possible, participants should bring their 16mm cameras. Since shooting can be done in groups, it’s okay if not everyone has their own camera.
Location:  The first two days of the workshop will take place at LaborBerlin and Theatre Space at Prinzenallee 58 .
Workshop Schedule
Sunday July 23rd (all day) – at theatre-room and lab at Prinzenallee 58
Introductions of key concepts and review of readings handed out prior to the workshop. Viewing and discussion of sculptural cinema works. Bolex review, test shoot in groups.
Monday July 24th (all day) – at theatre-room and lab
Morse Tank workshop and processing of test footage. Creation of collaborative teams, design and sculpture intensive with Interdisciplinary artist Angela Henderson.
July 25th to July 28th
Independent Work Week. Participants will have full access to the lab to work independently on their projects. A review and crit of works in progress will be conducted in the evening of Wednesday, July 26th.  
July 29th (evening)
Exhibition of Collaborative works . Artists will select a location (preferably within close vicinity of  one another) to exhibit their work. All technical specifications (including projection and sculptural material) must be prepared and ready to show well in advance to the exhibition.









Solomon Nagler’s films have been featured in Retrospectives at the Winnipeg Cinematheque, Excentris Cinema in Montreal, the Festival de le Cinéma Different in Paris, The Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers, The Canadian Film Institute in Ottawa, Robert Heald Gallery in Wellington, New Zealand, The Artist Film Workshop in Melbourne, Australia and the Cinematheque Quebecoise. His work also includes 16mm celluloid installations that engage with experimental architecture in galleries and public space. These works have been exhibited at the Toronto International Film Festival, 8-11 Gallery (Toronto), Artspace Gallery (Sydney, Australia), Send and Receive Festival of Sound (Winnipeg) and The Halifax Independent Filmmakers’ Festival. Originally from Winnipeg, Solomon Nagler is co-founder of WNDX: Festival of the Moving Image in Winnipeg and currently lives in Halifax where he is a professor of film production at NSCAD University.

For more information, please visit the artist’s website.


Color Cross Processing Workshop

Date: Monday, March 13 2017
Workshop: 10:00 – 17:00
Location: LaborBerlin e.V., Prinzenallee 58, 13359 Berlin

This workshop is open to non-LaborBerlin members.


During this workshop, you will learn a process improved and designed to try and emulate Kodak Ektachrome film. This film offered beautifully saturated and rich colors. Since Ektachrome has been discontinued there is no longer color reversal motion picture film. Through a few years of testing, Z. Hart was able to achieve what he believes are beautiful and close to accurate colors. This is possible through cross processing negative emulsions in E-6 chemistry. He uses the Tetenal 3 bath E-6 developing kit and has increased the time and temperatures to very specific spots. With a good exposure in the camera and careful processing of the film, you’ll get great results.

You can find an example here.

Zach Hart is a filmmaker and teacher for Mono No Aware in New York, USA. He has also taught and screened at Hampshire College, Bard College, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and Echo Park Film Center to name a few.

Participation is limited and pre-registration is required. To register for the workshop please send an email to

Workshop fee for non-members: 40 €