Organic Chemistry – 16mm film workshop with Karel Doing

25 June, 2018
– 26 June, 2018
10am – 6pm
Waterlow Park Centre

This workshop is currently sold-out

This 2-day workshop offers a practical introduction to organic chemistry and plant-based direct-on film animation. Drawing on the environment of Waterlow Park, the workshop will take place in LUX’s garden, using its herbs, flowers and other plants as film ingredients.
The workshop is led by filmmaker and artist Karel Doing, who works across expanded cinema, multi-screen, performative, cross-media and participatory works. Doing has developed a number of bio-chemical processs which he will share with the participants. The workshop will also incorporate screenings of relevant works from the LUX collection as well as Karel Doing’s own films, which will be shown and discussed between activities. A film will be made collectively, digitised and shared to all the workshop participants.
Please note for this workshop no prior experience of film technology or making is needed.
Lunch will be provided on both days.

Monday 25 June 2018

– Introduction to organic chemistry
– Demonstration of equipment and ingredients
– Tour of the garden
– Gathering test material
– Setting up tests
– Screening of work made with these techniques
– Harvesting results and fixing filmstrips
– Recap

Tuesday 26 June 2018

– Screening test results
– Making plan for second run
– Gathering materials
– Setting up second run ‘exposure’
– Loading and shooting with a Bolex
– Processing with caffenol
– Harvesting second run results and fixing filmstrips

Since 1990 filmmaker and artist Karel Doing has been creating films, performances and installations focusing on sensorial and environmental topics. Through the study of material process, the recording of oral history and the (re)use of cinematic heritage he explores alternative knowledge systems. Doing’s work has been shown worldwide in cinemas, galleries, museums and on stage. He has has given workshops and lectures internationally at Willem de Kooning Academy, Piet Zwart Institute, KABK, Nordland Kunst og Filmfagskole, FAMU, University of East London, Ravensbourne College and School for New Dance Development. He is presently based in Cambridge and London.

Professional Practice is a series of LUX talks, seminars and courses exploring practical issues for artists working with the moving image.


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