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After the success of the international symposium on current development in analogue film culture: “Film in the Present Tense”; LaborBerlin e.V. is proud to present the eighth edition of DIFFRAKTION, the annual showcase highlighting new works (including premiers!) by LaborBerlin members on Saturday, 10 February 2018.

This year, the program emphasizes the boundary-breaking output of LaborBerlin members by showcasing film installations and live cinema performances alongside a screening of films moderated by Sylvia Schedelbauer (former LaborBerlin member) and Kris Wood (co-programmer at Wolf Kino). Works will be projected on diverse formats such as super 8, 16mm, slide film and digital.

With works by Michel Balagué, Clara Bausch, Alix Blevins, Igor and Ivan Buharov, Lazarus Dance, Distruktur, Dr. Globus & Bruchstücke, Katrin Eissing, Laurence Favre, Adam Goodwin, Luisa Greenfield, Arne Hector, Tiebault Imm, Tomasz Konart, Amélie Legrand, Sara Lehn, Julie Orlick, Melina Pafundi, Deborah S Phillips, Jan Rehwinkel, Björn Speidel, Giorgos Stavridis, Minze Tummescheit, Sophie Watzlawick, Johnny Welch.

moderated by Sylvia Schedelbauer (former LaborBerlin member) and Kris Wood (co-programmer at Wolf Kino)
- Where is Greenpoint? (Deborah S. Phillips, 2017, 16 mm, color, silent/ live, 3:00 min)
Sometimes, plans change & we artists have to improvise…

- Trailer #378 (Tomasz Konart, 2017, 16 mm, black-and-white, silent, 3:00 min)
There are several reasons for pulling strips of film from a storage box. An important one is to attempt to bring back the sounds produced while the images were taken. Technically the movie is silent, but that is not the whole truth.

- Looking out in (Alix Blevins, 2018, super 8 mm, black-and-white, silent, 3:00 min)
searching through fragments of darkness & light, si?ing through discontinuous moments in a contained space. shot and edited on hand processed super8.

- Gedenken/In memory (Melina Pafundi and Katrin Eissing, 2018, 16 mm, color with hand-paintings, 3:00 min)
Based on Material by Nikolaus Tscheschner´s film: KALMENHOFKINDER-MURDERED AND FORGOTTEN that we discovered in laborBerlin.
During our work on these remaining pieces, we felt the needs to commemorate the children in the children's specialist departments Nazi Germany once again. This work is an attempt.

- Sans lune (Sophie Watzlawick, 2017, 16 mm, black-and-white, mono 16mm sound, 8:00 min)

- Exu e Ogum (Distruktur, 2018, 16 mm, color, silent, 1:50 min)
Exu and Ogum stand for the principle of movement and the symbolism of the path: they allow a movement to begin, they clear the path and break obstacles.

- Discharge Working II (Johnny Welch, 2018, 16 mm, color, digital sound, 4:00 min)
I. Darkness: Flesh hate breeding half slaves. Division. Hell adores infinite fools.
A. Blood: Dissolve fear beyond Eyes. Harmony. New Priest kills the Old.
O. Sun: Drinking Fire of Fire. Undulations. Burning in Splendrous Desire.

- Portrait of a lady (Julie Orlick, 2016, 16mm, color, digital sound, 3:00min)
Filmed over the course of two years. memories of pancake love and hot summer days, a lady encapsulates floral lush.

- Whose hand was it? (Sara Lehn, Minze Tummescheit, Arne Hector, 2017, 16 mm, black-and-white, digital sound, 3:00 min)
A detached human hand found a?er a bomb attack takes us into the abyss of the German intelligence apparatus.

- Nach Osten Schauen (Deborah S. Phillips, 2017, 16 mm, color, silent, 3:00 min)
Reflections on the joy of being able to use a large studio to paint & to be able to film as well for a short time. Filmed in Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlin-Kreuzberg.

- Untitled (Igor and Ivan Buharov, 2017, digital projection of super 8 mm, black-and-white, digital sound, 5:00 min)
This sci-fi unmasks nobody, it doesn’t make history, stimulate consumption or serve anybody’s interests.

- 47 (AT) (Jan Rehwinkel, 2018, 16 mm, black-and-white/color, digital sound, 2:00 min)
painting serial pictures
structured by sound
1536 units
narrating moving images

- Eiersalat (Dr. Globus & Bruchstücke, 2018, digital projection of 8 mm, black-and-white, digital sound, 2:30 min)
An audio-visual discussion about the vomiters´ culture in the reflextion of today´s Germany.

- the river in the trees thunderous noise, performance by Clara Bausch (super 8 and 16 mm, black-and-white/color, 2018, 25 min).
Amélie Legrand (cello), Adam Goodwin (double bass)
"the river in the trees thunderous noise" (2018) will take place around the stage of the "curved screen". A rhythm of focus, light, shadow, noise and music brings the projected scenes into the space of CRLCR. Observations of everyday life create the imagined fictional space - the associative in the consideration. CB examines, documents, stages the unusual perspectives of these private moments in a multiple projection of two S8 and three 16mm projectors. Under the guise of a naturalistic simplicity AD and AL develop a complex landscape using cello, double bass, voice and electronics, using the poem “Commencement et fin” from Jean Tardieu. Paying special attention to the environmental soundscape as well as the sound of their own instruments, they impose an intimate presence, playing in between expression and imperceptible sounds, asking about presence and absence, giving time for the film to express itself. They search without finding, trying and failing. During the performance with Clara they combine words and poetry with string sound experiments to produce an emotional disorder. The performance captures a vacuum of the unforeseen, to arise in the context of the improvised life montage. A dialogue between image and music in a search for new ways of seeing. A time travel to make visible what is invisible.

Amélie Legrand is a French cellist and composer currently based in Berlin, Germany. She is active within many different musical scenes, including noise rock, Arabic music, free improvisation and film score composition. She is dedicated to exploring the cello to its fullest potential and collaborating with various performers and artists.

Adam Goodwin is a Texan double bassist, composer, and visual artist. Having completed music degrees in both classical and contemporary double bass performance, Goodwin moved to Berlin, Germany to delve fully into the world of experimental and improvised music. He is also active within the Turkish and Arabic music scene in Berlin. Goodwin's musical approach places a heavy emphasis on physical gesture and spontaneity, along with a conscious consideration of the particular space and context in which the music is taking place.

Clara Bausch is an artist and filmmaker. She graduated at the University of Fine Arts, Berlin and is a co-founder of LaborBerlin. A detailed observation and intimacy of a private space is the starting point in her films, photographs and drawings. The focus of her work is on processes that are in transition.They are signs of everyday acts that she documents and places as possible linking points for dialogues.

curved screen
three-dimensional object as a reference to the transition to a digital era of cinema
aluminum, shirting, 5x2,5m, Clara Bausch, 2017

- Bilderbuch (Luisa Greenfield, 2017, 16 mm, color, live lecture performance, 3:00 min)
On the value of scraps - A live lecture performance on Walter Benjamin's children's chronicle in three minutes.

- Tree again (Björn Speidel, 2018, super 8 and 16 mm, black-and-white with color filters, stereo optical sound, 15 min)
Over-projections of two trees which flicker in a way that it looks somehow spacial. Colours change and mix. Timewise white words ore grafiks appear. The sound squeaks and howls.

- LOST #01 (Kornel Szilágyi & Michel Balagué & Lazarus Dance & Amélie Legrand & Adam Goodwin & Tiebault Imm & Giorgos Stavridis, Normal 8, 16mm and video projected on three screens, live music, 25min
Lost #01 is a multidisciplinary performance with analogue film projections, analogue music, video manipulation and electronics. It is performed by Michel Balagué (video manipulation and live video projection), Kornél Szilágyi (Normal8 and 16mm live projection), Lazarus Dance (Normal8 and 16mm live projection), Guillaume Cailleau (video programing), Amélie Legrand (cello and voice), Adam Goodwin (double bass), Thiebault Imm (electric guitar and electronics) and Giorgos Stavridis (Drums)

- Influx (Laurence Favre, 2016, 16 mm, color, loop)
Heated by the sun, a frozen stream slowly wakes up and air bubbles start moving under a thin ice coat.
Film gives, this in reality ephemeral moment, a never ending repetition at the rhythm of a heart-beat.

- The Six Worlds (Kornél Szilágyi, 2010, Super 8 mm – six channels, color, silent, loop)
A six channels super 8 installation based on the text of Chögyam Trungpa - „The Experience of the Six Bardos

Address of the event: CRCLR (Circular Economy House), Rollbergstr. 26, 12053 Berlin
station U9, Metro Rathaus Neukölln, U8, Metro Boddinstrasse
Admission: 7€ - 10€

Image Gallery: 

Discharge Working II (Johnny Welch, 2018)
Discharge Working II (Johnny Welch, 2018)


CRCLR - Berlin, Germany


Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 19:00 to Sunday, February 11, 2018 - 18:55



Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 19:00 to Sunday, February 11, 2018 - 18:55


  • Rollbergstr. 26
    12053   Berlin
    52° 28' 46.686" N, 13° 25' 59.142" E