As a prelude, Mike Sperlinger has moderated conversations connecting analogue practitioners in the Baltic/Nordic region with those elsewhere, taking place in advance of the conference for When the Light Hits Just Right.
Mike Sperlinger is a curator and writer based in Oslo. Previously a co-founder of LUX, London, he recently started a new Norwegian initiative for artists’ moving image called PRISMS.
The first of two online conversations, connecting analogue practitioners in the Baltic/Nordic region with those elsewhere, taking place in advance of the conference for When the Light Hits Just Right (August 2021).
Mike Sperlinger speaks to two artists with long-standing engagements with analogue photography and film: Paul Kuimet (based in Tallinn, Estonia) and Malena Szlam (based in Montreal, Canada). They discuss how they began working with celluloid, the blurry boundaries between analogue and digital, editing in your head, the economies of distribution, and what keeps them committed to these formats despite all their practical challenges.
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Paul Kuimet is an artist based in Tallinn, Estonia. He has studied in London, Helsinki and Tallinn and holds an MA degree from Estonian Academy of Arts. His work has recently been shown in exhibitions and screening programmes at Tallinn Art Hall; EKA Gallery, Tallinn; Tramway, Glasgow; Narva Art Residency; Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt am Main; Process Film Festival, Riga; WNTRP, Berlin; BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels; TIFF programme Wavelengths, Toronto; Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn; Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia (EKKM), Tallinn and The Baltic Pavilion. Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale. He has participated in residency programmes at WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels and International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) in New York City.
Malena Szlam is a Chilean artist and filmmaker based in Montreal, Canada. Szlam’s work has been showcased at key festivals including Toronto International Film Festival’s Wavelengths, New Directors/New Films Festival, Media City Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Edinburgh International Festival, and CPH:DOX. Solo screenings have been presented at Los Angeles Filmforum, San Francisco Cinematheque, Cornell Cinema, and FICValdivia. Recent exhibitions include Time Machine: Cinematic Temporalities, Palazzo del Governatore (Parma, Italy), Expanded Plus: Utopian Phantom, Factory of Contemporary Arts Palbok (Jeonju, South Korea), and The Moon: From Inner Worlds to Outer Space, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (Humlebæk, Denmark). Her latest work ALTIPLANO was, amongst others, the recipient of 25 FPS’s Grand Prix, Curtocircuito Festival Internacional de Cine’s Explora Award, and Melbourne International Film Festival’s Best Experimental Short Film. ALTIPLANO was also chosen by TIFF as one of Canada’s Top Ten Films of 2018.
- screening analogue in an digital age.
screening analogue in a digital age.The second of two online conversations, connecting analogue practitioners in the Baltic/Nordic region with those elsewhere, taking place in advance of the conference for When the Light Hits Just Right (August 2021).Mike Sperlinger speaks to three filmmakers involved in organizing screenings and public events based around analogue film: Ieva Balode and Lāsma Bērtule (both members of the Baltic Analogue Lab and organisers of the Process Festival in Riga, Latvia) and Mark Toscano (archivist at the Academy Film Archive, Los Angeles, U.S. and host of ‘Remains To Be Streamed’ on Instagram). They discuss the conditions for screening analogue work in the age of covid-19 and (hopefully) beyond, their formative encounters with analogue, their communities and audiences, the performative aspects of projection, the importance of imperfection, and possible hybrid digital-analogue futures.
Ieva Balode (born in 1987, Riga, Latvia) is an artist and film curator working with analog image. With her works she takes part in international exhibitions and festivals presenting her work both in installation, as well as cinema and performance situation. As a curator she is a founding member of Baltic Analog Lab - artists collective providing a space and platform for analog film production, research and education. She is also a director of experimental film festival Process happening in Riga from year 2017.
Mark Toscano is a filmmaker, curator, and film preservationist based in Los Angeles. Since 2003, he has worked at the Academy Film Archive, where he specializes in the curation, conservation, and preservation of artists’ films. He works with the collections of over 150 filmmakers, and has overseen the conservation and preservation of hundreds of films, including work by Stan Brakhage, Barbara Hammer, Chick Strand, Tacita Dean, Penelope Spheeris, the Whitney brothers, Sharon Lockhart, Gus Van Sant, Pat O’Neill, Suzan Pitt, Satyajit Ray, the Maysles, Les Blank, and many others. He has curated and presented programs at numerous venues, including MoMA, Arsenal, Eye Filmmuseum, Centre Pompidou, and festivals in Rotterdam, London, Oberhausen, Zagreb, Bangalore, Seoul, and elsewhere. He is a programmer with Los Angeles Filmforum, and has lectured at various universities on experimental film and archiving, as well as teaching in the Experimental Animation department at CalArts. His films are available for rental from Canyon Cinema and Light Cone.