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Screening Exchange
Films from L'Abominable

L’Abominable Utopia

25th February 2016. 7 - 9pm. Held in no.w.here project space, first floor, 316 - 318 Bethnal Green Road, London E2 0AG. Spaces can be booked here
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This February no.w.here is part of two screenings taking place in Paris and London,between two important artist-led spaces of production: no.w.here and L'Abominable. As labs which have supported each other since their inception, the aim is to share recent work from our members, highlighting the common ground between the organisations, and showcasing innovative use of photochemical media.

L’Abominable is an artist-run film laboratory based in La Courneuve, a northern suburb of Paris. Since 1996, it has been providing filmmakers with the tools for working with photochemical film material: super-8, 16mm and 35mm.

Different machines used for film production have been pooled together: one can develop negative or reversal originals, create blow-ups or optical printer effects, edit, work on sound or strike prints.

Filmmakers who already know how to work those machines train the ones who are just starting out. After this period of support, each filmmaker can be independent in his or her work and explore the technical possibilities on one’s own.

In this way, without a selection process for projects, a wide variety of films are produced including «live» film performances or installations using the film medium.

The scope of what is produced there and the specificity of practices make L’Abominable a unique place of creation, a living conservatory of cinematographic techniques.

Screening Programme

FRACTION (1) (2015) Guillaume Mazloum, 5’, 16mm, black & white, optical sound, screened in 16mm.

PLANCHES, CLOUS, MARTEAUX (2014) Jérémy Gravayat, 12’, 16mm, black & white, optical sound, screened in 16mm.
Where shelters are being built, destroyed, reconstructed etc... This is the path of a much longer film on some aspects of the history of social housing and precarious living conditions in the north of Paris in La Courneuve, Seine-Saint-Denis. We record stories, check the archives, shot images, research locations, make a journal. It has the form of an atlas.

RETOUR À LA RUE D’ÉOLE – SIX PEINTURES POPULAIRES (2013) Maria Kourkouta, 14’25, 16mm, black & white, optical sound, screened in 16mm.
Insignificant fragments, reworked, reassembled, slowed down, put in loops, of Greek popular movies of the 50s and 60s. These fragments are accompanied by short extracts of poems written by Greek authors and by Manos Hadjidakis’ music. It is a found footage movie, a collage which evokes a return journey to contemporary Greece, in the centre of Athens.

ON IRA À NEUILLY, INCH’ALLAH (2015) Anna Salzberg & Mehdi Ahoudig, 20’, 16mm, black & white, sound on CD, screened on video.
We hear the first strike of young workers from Velib, the Parisian rental bike company. We hear them learning how to drive and organize a demonstration, with the typical language of African working-class areas. We see Paris in black and white, in early morning with only few people on the street, in a long and slow, never ending travelling from the outskirts to Velib headquarters in Neuilly.

LA IMPRESSION DE UNA GUERA (2015) Camilo Restrepo, 26’, 16mm, color and black & white, sound, screened on video.
For over 70 years, Colombia has been confronted with internal armed conflict. Over the years, the outlines of the conflict have grown indistinct. A climate of generalized violence has gradually settled over society as a whole. Violence and barbarity have worked themselves into every aspect of daily life, and fine traces of it mark the streets. Through a multitude of these traces,
perhaps the narrative of this hazy war will finally take a firmer shape.

Total duration: 77 minutes

This programme will be presented by current members of L’Abominable: Jeremy Gravayat, Julia Gouin and Yoana Urruzola (tbc).


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