RE MI: a new cooperation project by three european film labs

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RE MI (Re-Engineering Moving Image) is a two-year European cooperation project run by Mire (Nantes, FR), WORM.Filmwerkplaats (Rotterdam, NL) and LaborBerlin (Berlin, DE), focused on the creation, preservation and circulation of technical knowledge of analogue film in order to support its use as a creative medium.

The project will involve other film labs, cinemas, art schools and other cultural organizations, as well as a broad international audience of film enthusiasts.

With the digital shift in the cinema industry, film is experiencing a decisive moment where its form and cultural position must be redefined. A great amount of knowledge and skills, which has been gathered over more than a century of cinema’s existence, risks being lost. Former film technicians are retiring without successors, machines are abandoned or scrapped and films are decaying without being preserved. Without a large communal effort this intangible cultural heritage is about to disappear.

As a response, filmmakers, artists, amateurs and enthusiasts have come together to conserve the culture of photochemical film. Over the last decades, all over the globe, we have formed independent film labs and we have gained access to a large quantity of discarded equipment that previously would have been beyond our reach.

For RE MI, we defined three fields of action:

    to preserve an industrial heritage for artistic development.
    to update and develop primitive photochemical processes.
    to stimulate the network and bringing its artistic production to a wider audience.

RE MI will bring these innovative projects and ideas together, generating new energy, creating interest among a wider audience and highlight the creative vitality of the artist-run lab movement.

This a really exciting moment to be working with film and what we have to accomplish is unlimited! RE MI is just a beginning…




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