Refracted light & imaginary colour


Refracted light & imaginary colour
Films from the filmwerkplaats, a film program by Esther Urlus

Filmwerkplaats in Rotterdam (NL) is WORM’s own artist-run film lab. A workspace dedicated to DIY analogue practice, geared towards artists interested in film as an expressive, physical medium.
Esther Urlus is an artist working with film, performance and installation and she is founder of filmwerkplaats.
The film program presented by Esther Urlus is a selection of films made by members of filmwerksplaats.

Deep Red
16mm, 7 min, no sound, color, 2012 by Esther Urlus (NL)
Dense, addictive, multi-pass, colour printing with trees shorn of their leaves transformed into thirty six layer deep technicolour. Deep Red is an investigation into additive colour mixing on film. Handmade by a d-i-y silkscreen printing technique. Starting point are on black and white hi-con filmed trees shorn of their leaves. As if they're the reminiscent of branches seen flashing past in the night from the back seat of a car. Transformed into thirty six layer deep technicolour.

Utrecht 3, 4, 5
16mm, 8 min, mute by Daan de Bakker (NL)
Three small city portraits.

16mm, 5 min, mute, B&W, 2012 by LiChun Tseng (TW)
This film is inspired by a plant native to Australia, the Grass Tree. I was attracted by the slow growth of the trees, their spectacular figures and the ways in which their existence connects the lands, the plant and the people. High contrast black and white film was used to capture and document the movement of the grass tree, as a way to reflect their visual poetry. The scientific name of the grass tree is Xanthorrhoea preissii, people also call it Balga.

Rode Molen
16mm, 5 min, optical sound (by Matt Kemp), color, 2013 by Esther Urlus (NL)
A research into motion picture printing techniques. Starting point and inspiration for the film are the mill paintings of Piet Mondriaan, especially Rode Molen. In the film color is created by multiple exposures through different masks during printing. Depending what developing process is used the colors mix in two ways: additive or subtractive. Supported by DKC Rotterdam.

16mm, 3 min, optical sound, B&W, 2015 by Jutu van der Made (NL)
Snow, forest, sun, fresh cold air, ...... fascinating and slightly surreal moment caught on 16mm, made with a hand-made pinhole camera (camera design by Robert Schaller)

Roosje's Athleet
16mm, 6 min, optical sound, B&W, 2004 by Pim Zwier (NL)
As part of the cooperation project "Blues for cows" of the filmmaker Pim Zwier and the Frisian poet Elmar Kuiper, the question of memory approaches "Roosje`s Athleet 35133". In this project, Kuiper combines his childhood memories - his father was a cow photographer - and the documentation of the branding of cows. In a mix of archive footage, black and white abstract patterns and harmonica sounds arts, crafts and intimacy meet.

16mm, 10 min, optical sound, color, 2017 by Esther Urlus (NL)
Suggestion allows negative space to be discerned – a hint of absent image – in an immersive cloud of coloured granules. Its substantiation lies in the viewer’s imagination, coloured by the dark ambient soundtrack. Deletion was shot on 16mm using home-made emulsion inspired by the more than a century-old autochrome colour process.

Running Time
16mm, 6 min, optical sound, color, 2008 by Helene Martin (UK/F)
Running Time is a hand printed and processed 16mm yarn spinned out of found footage.

16mm, 6 min, optical sound, color, 2004 by Hanne van Asten (NL)
A film shot with a Sciopticon. The magic lantern from the 19th century is equipped with color filters and a cross-fading mechanism. Filming means capturing light. Images, outlines, shapes. Everything is light, only by light it lives.

Made possible with kind support from:
Nordiska kulturfonden - Nordisk Kulturfond
Nordisk kulturkontakt
Kulturrådet (Norsk kulturfond)
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