Handmade films from Grenoble’s MTK film lab: Katherine Bauer, Loïc Verdillon, Joyce Lainé

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In person only — All films on 16mm
Bauer & Verdillon in attendance

Microscope is very pleased to present a rare evening of 16mm films by Katherine Bauer, Loïc Verdillon, and Joyce Lainé made at the Atelier MTK film lab in Grenoble, France, as well as a collective film by artists from MTK, L’Abominable (Paris, France), and Labo Brussels (Brussels, Belgium). The screening concludes with two live collaborative performance works for dual 16mm projection by Bauer and Verdillon, who are visiting from France.

The renowned Atelier MTK is an independent film lab founded in 1992 by a group of artists and focused on filmmaking as an artisanal, handmade practice, while offering “an introduction and an education to lab techniques in order to provide filmmakers with the necessary independence to make their own films.”

Under the auspices of MTK and its openness to experimental techniques, the films in the program were made through a variety of processes involving among others seaweed, eucalyptus, aloe, sage, bee pollen, ashes, as well as using a film projector or a cathode ray tube as a contact printer.

“From deliberate uses of found footage to films utilizing raw material without concession, the camera and plants will take our eyes… Pupils will definitely be brightened by the projector… How can moving images stay in our heads?” – Loïc Verdillon & Katherine Bauer

Please note: This event is in person only. All films will be screened on 16mm film.
Proof of vaccination for Covid-19 and masks are required. Capacity is limited to 30 audience members.

General Admission $10
Member Admission $8


Katherine Bauer works primarily with celluloid film and the cinematic apparatus in works encompassing the practices of sculpture, photography, installation and live performance.. Much of Bauer’s work involves mythologies, folklores, and narratives as told through the means of obsolete technologies. In addition to Microscope Gallery, her work has exhibited at Participant Inc., NY; Shoot the Lobster, Dusseldorf, Germany; Immanence Gallery, Paris, France, and others. Her works, including performances, have recently appeared at The Pompidou Center (France), Le 102 (France), Lausanne Underground Film Festival (Switzerland), Estudio Teorema (Mexico), Anthology Film Archives, Millennium Film Workshop, The Knockdown Center, and the Museum of the Moving Image (New York) among others. Bauer received a ESP TV Unit 11 residency (2017), a Cité Internationale des Arts Paris Residency (2012-13), and a Carla Bruni-Sarkozy Foundation Fellowship (2012-13). She holds a BA in Film and Electronic
Arts from Bard College and a MFA from NYU Steinhardt in Studio Art. Katherine Bauer currently lives and works between New York City and Grenoble, France.

Despite a cycle of studies in physics and comparative literature, Joyce Lainé (aka Lucrecia) begins making films through the encounters with people & visions from the NYC experimental and classic film scene such as Anthology Film Archives, Millennium Film Workshop, Microscope Gallery, and Tisch (Christine Choy and students). The panoply of film practices and forms seep into soul and spirit until involving her hands. She moves to Grenoble and becomes involved in programming at the 102, an alternative venue for experimental film and music and collective organizations. She goes on to learn the bulk of her craft at Atelier MTK, through the collaborative projects of research seminars and performances, for instance: the performance “Fecula-est-tu la” (2017), made with Clovis LeMaireCardoen, Loic Verdillon, and Etienne Caire after the seminar researching the fabrication of Autochrome filters, 1903 color photography process of the Frères Lumière; the panchromatic emulsion or the film

“L’amitie n’est pas toujours comme du ski de fond” (2021) after a workshop seeking to fine-tune the plant development process unearthed a year earlier; and a handful of personal films/performances, giving workshops, and running the lab. Her first film made in France was “40 active warheads” (2016), an adaptation of a poem by Daniel Owen, mixing found and personal footage. Recent collaborations include a 4-screen performance with the Un Ensemble & Riojim, and three films with a collective called “Le Ratoir,” in which the mise-en-situation seeks to blur the lines between research and the creation of a film; using projectors to copy archives, plants and cinders to develop the films, using spaces, travel, and so on — all manner of constraints to inspire and surprise. Lainé is currently seeking to create films and performances that reflect musical joy and the strange structures we construct and forget.

Loïc Verdillon is a musician, performer, and printmaker. Between 2019 and 2012 he composed music for theater pieces by the company “mais ou l’as-tu.” Since 2010, he’s been an active participant of the musical and cinematographic program at the 102. Currently, his research is focused on sound, its materiality and forms. He built “yotta-phone,” a performance for multiple megaphones, played at different festivals in the summer of 2015. His graphic works focus on the sound shapes of Ernest Chladni in experimental engraving. In 2015, he combined plastic and audio art for the installation of an “attraction park” made up of dissected loudspeakers, working with the primitive elements of copper, paper, and magnets. Since 2016, he has run and worked at Atelier MTK Independent Cinema Laboratory in Saint-Martin-le-Vinoux. He has presented Expanded Cinema performances and organized 16mm workshops around the world, in such places as Norway, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, France,
Czech Republic, Belgium, and Indonesia.

Atelier MTK is an association that has been co-producing audiovisual projects since 1993. It seeks to expand the limits and connections between image and sound using innovative approaches in all their forms: film, installation, performance, etc. Developed on the principles of experimental cinema (cinema of artisans, non-standard cinema, transgressive cinema…), MTK is devoted to the collective organization of production tools by artists working with the film medium. With the abandonment of film by the industry, MTK’s role has evolved to include the safeguarding, and the transmission of the means and know-how, specific to the photochemical process.


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Thursday, February 24, 2022 - 19:30



Thursday, February 24, 2022 - 19:30
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