Sad news reaches us that our friends at l’Abominable have been pushed out from their space. We know how hard it is to find an adequate, affordable home to equipment, machines, cameras, projectors, flatbeds, viewers, animation stands, printers, baths, watering spaces, and communal spaces, and to maintain them all. Our very best wishes in finding a new home, and please know you are always welcome with us in Berlin. Here is the message from Paris:
“15 years after landing in the basement of 30, rue Bernard Jugault in Asnières, L’Abominable has no choice but to free up the space it has been using ever since. Crooks and liars after big money got the final say and we have to free up the space before July 31st.
The situation is the same for Christophe that lives upstairs and has been helping us a million times since he’s been around, and the ten other subletters that battled together with us since last fall.
As for us specifically, with the help of our members, we’ve been taking apart our machines and equipment for a few weeks now in preparation for storage. The six months we spent trying to find a new space were’nt enough to find a place we can directly move in but the city of La Courneuve is offering us crucial storage space. The culture people there would like us to set up in that city and we’re working with them and funding bodies towards such a perspective.
But whatever solution comes through for the complete lab, it will take a bit of time so we’re organizing to have a temporary space where can offer the minimum services in the meantime.
A period in the history of L’Abominable is ending. Once again, thank you to all of you that helped since last November, whether by signing the petition, sending us encouragement, of offering some of his time or ideas.
Be assured that we are determined to set up the lab again, make it even better and pursue our commitment to make production on celluloid possible in future years — one way or another. We’ll find a way !
A new l’ab is to be built.