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︎February 3, 2020
Baltic-Nordic meet at FILMVERKSTADEN | Vaasa


On January 16-19 4th Baltic-Nordic meet was held in Vaasa, Finland. Spongė had a great pleasure to participate and visit Filmverkstaden lab. We also had a chance to meet other participants; All Hands On Deck (STPLN) from Sweden, Baltic Analog Lab from Latvia. During the long weekend we all went deep into alternative photography technique - wet plate or collodion photography process, which was introduced at the workshop by Gunnar Bäckman. Every participant was able to try taking pictures with a large format camera and independently create a portrait on an aluminium plate. We also discussed Baltic-Nordic network future perspectives; how we could incorporate more members and collectives, how and when we could present our Nordic-Baltic film program. On our last day we had a pleasure to see a fresh program of recent works by our colleagues. Looking forward for upcoming visit to Norway, Tromsø in February 27!







︎August 29, 2019

Uniting analog labs in Baltic and Nordic region


This August Spongė had a pleasure to host members from four analog labs and collectives based in Baltic-Nordic region.


Baltic Analog Lab (LV), Filmwerkstaden (FI),STPLN (SE), Polar Lab (NO) and us, all together in Vilnius for four peculiar days. Some of us met for the very first time, some had a chance to share their latest contrivance with an old buddy. The very first day began at Spongė studio, where we have started an important discussion about the implications of our meeting and a final goal, which has to be set up by putting forward a clear vision of region's analog motion picture scene and each lab's strongest sides.


A comprehensive workshop took place at Vilnius Academy of Arts together with the great supervisor Gintas Kavoliūnas. The workshop on film toning was leaded by Vytautas K. Juozėnas (see beautiful results achieved at the gallery below). You can get surprised knowing how productive it all went - we managed to shoot on 16mm, 35mm, develop it, tone it, KINOmanual made a short animation of us wiggling in academy's balcony, Armands Andže tested his DIY emulsion on the glass plates, Vytautas took inimitable portraits, the sun was shining and we felt uplifted while it was setting down. On the third day we had our guests' films screening at the old Ozas cinema hall. The hall was small but full, we had a chance to introduce the one year networking project with all the labs that are involved. Later followed two performances at SHCH gallery by BAL members and KINOmanual duo. That's when it felt how being together, helping each other and working on the same goals is something that united us not only for those four days.


We all sat at the brunch table talking, sharing our thoughts on what could be done to improve the program of our screenings as well as how we could shape identity of our region and present it for other continents. Many questions were raised, many new ideas came and so we are looking forward for the third meeting at STPLN lab, Malmo!


Special thanks to:

Ieva Balode,
Simonas Kuliešis,
Ūla Tornau,
Ozas cinema hall team,
LTMKS,
Vilnius Academy of Arts, Photography and media arts department - Gintas Kavoliūnas.
Spongė is a part of one year networking project with support of Nordic Culture Point























︎July 17, 2019

Performances night


Spongė invites you to two performances from two countries,

the action will take place at SHCH/ŠČ gallery (Teatro str., 7A) on 3rd of August from 10pm.

Baltic Analog Lab from Latvia and kinoMANUAL lab from Poland are coming to Vilnius on the occasion of Baltic-Nordic exchange series. We are glad to be the first lab, that hosts artists with uniting interest in working with analog motion picture production and present the upcoming performances night by introducing the two pieces.


''Milk Medium'' kinoManual /Maciej Bączyk, Aga Jarząb/ (PL)



A family project whose key element is the recording of words spoken by the artists’ daughter – Nina – while asleep. Collecting her subconscious utterances took three years. In that time, Nina lost her milk teeth, which after being bought from her by her parents served to create the visual part of the project. As a result, a multi-channel projection inspired by the Milky Way, milk teeth and Nina’s selected drawings was created. In the sound layer, the unconscious child’s voice mixes with the delicate electronic ambient and the audiosfera of the immediate home environment. The Milk Medium is a discreet, surreal, family documentary that took the form of an audiovisual concert. Its performers are also the protagonists of the story.



kinoMANUAL /Aga Jarząb, Maciek Bączyk/ (PL), born 1977 r., artistic duo associated with the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wrocław. Together, they create films and objects corresponding to the rich tradition of moving images, kinetic art and experimental cinema. Focused on activities in the field of media art, they mainly explore analogue techniques of image and sound production. They cooperate with international artists and institutions, including Filmverkstaden in Finland. Individual exhibitions: Hallands Konstmuseum, Halmstad, 2016, Galeria Entropia, Wrocław, 2018, The New Space Gallery, Vaasa, 2019; Collective exhibitions: Art Trace Gallery, Tokyo, 2017. Films kinoMANUAL won the third prize (ZKM Karlsruhe, 2016) as well as the second prize and the audience award (CeTA, Wrocław, 2018) during international festival of abstract films Punto y Raya.


Source: http://wro2019.wrocenter.pl/en/works/milk-medium/


''Expanded cinema'' Baltic Analog Lab / Ieva Balode, Inese Tīkmane, Michael Holland /(LV)



BAL members presents collective performance using multiple 16mm projectors and in various ways processed film. Baltic Analog Lab is a collective founded in 2016 in Riga uniting filmmakers and artists interested in analog film and photography, Baltic Analog Lab aims to produce, teach and inspire an audience by providing a space for creation, learning and teaching. High focus of the lab is education and collaboration; this is maintained by regular workshops led by BAL members and foreigner guests. It also includes film screenings and expanded cinema events. The main curatorial event of the lab is the experimental film festival ‘Process’, which occurs during March in Riga. There are other regular events organised by the lab, where a crucial emphasis is put on interdisciplinary collaboration between analog filmmakers, musicians, poets, dancers and other artists.

Moments of the performance from 2018 ,,Process'' festival in Riga

https://vimeo.com/316917533






︎May 16, 2019

Dianna Barrie & Richard Tuohy visiting Vilnius


We are more than happy to welcome two of the most active experimental film artists from Australia, who are visiting Vilnius and Spongė Lab from May 16th to the 19th.


Richard Tuohy runs Nanolab in Australia – the specialist small gauge film processing laboratory. He actively encourages other artists to work with cine film through his Artist Film Workshop initiative (see artistfilmworkshop.org). He is also a founding director of the Australian International Experimental Film Festival. Dianna BARRIE is an experimental filmmaker. She found her way into filmmaking as a middle ground between the pursuit of abstract music and philosophy. In 2006 together with Richard Tuohy she established Nanolab, which is a hand-processing lab for super-8 black-and-white and colour reversal film. This exploration has spread beyond individual work to the establishment of the Artist Film Workshop. In 2017 she made the film Inside the Machine with Richard Tuohy.


In the late 1980s and early 1990s Richard was an active member of the Melbourne Super 8 Film Group. During this time, he was interested in narrative film making and made three long works on super 8 and 16mm. He then detoured into academic life for 7 years studying philosophy, first at La Trobe (where he received the David Hume honours prize for philosophy in 1995), then with an APA scholarship to undertake a PhD at the Australian National University (with a period in Germany).


After philosophy, Richard moved to Daylesford, built a house, and studied music and botany (privately) for some years. In 2005 he returned to filmmaking, but this time in the experimental/abstract cinema direction. In 2006 he and his partner started 'nanolab' as an artist run film laboratory offering super 8 processing. In 2009 he began submitting his films in international film festivals. Richard also helps to convene the Artist Film Workshop - a screening and educational forum in Melbourne for encouraging the use of film in art practice. He has run numerous AFW workshops both at nanolab and at AFW in Melbourne.


,,Mostly my films involve natural features or environments. These films have been described rather nicely as ‘earth animations’ and ‘landscape dances’. The connotations of both these descriptions appeal to me. I like to see my approach as a kind of cine-cubism: attending to and abstracting certain features from my subject through making temporal and graphic associations etc., without resorting to a prosaic depiction. I like to use formal structures to cut out (or rather, ‘abstract’ out) what I see as the 'fleshiness' of the particular. While often originating with images from nature, my films are at base about form, structure, time and pattern, rather than about content in any direct sense. Ultimately, they are more about ‘looking’ than ‘thinking’.'' - R. Tuohy


Dianna Barrie's film work could be characterised as "direct chemical" filmmaking involving interventions during hand processing and exacting editing and/or printing processes; they are then completed with simple layered sound constructions. This exploration has spread beyond individual work to her joint establishment in 2012 of Artist Film Workshop in Melbourne.


On the 19th of May we kindly invite people to Ozo hall for an amazing opportunity to meet both artists and to see the program ,,A Mexhanical Craft''. All the films will be screened using 16mm projector.

Sources:
https://www.nanolab.com.au/richard_tuohy.htm
http://film-makerscoop.com/filmmakers/dianna-barrie/bio
https://iffr.com/en/persons/dianna-barrie