Improvising on Film: A DIY Approach to Cinema by Kris Limbach

September 13th, 2014 11:00 am until September 14th, 2014
STEIM Concertspace, Utrechtsedwarsstraat 134, Amsterdam STEIM Concertspace, Utrechtsedwarsstraat 134, Amsterdam

In his latest project “Music for dysfunctional airports” expanded cinema techniques on prepared and found super 8 film footage are used as a base material for generating visuals and sound. For this workshop, Improvising on Film: A D.I.Y. Approach to Cinema Kris Limbach proposes to go over his entire creative process with attendees, from filming and developing footage to transforming and destroying it.


Kris Limbach


DATE: 13 / 14 September, 2014
TIME: 11:00 / 17:00 and 11:00 / 18:00
LOCATION: STEIM Concertspace Utrechtsedwarsstraat 134, Amsterdam
COST: €75
REGISTRATION: This workshop is limited to 10 participants. Register HERE

The material that is filmed during the workshop will be developed together with participants using Kris Limbach’s personal processing techniques which follows the lines of d.i.y. punk aesthetics, direct film and avant-garde film in the tradition of Jonas Mekas, Dietmar Brehm and Stan Brakhage. He will show participants expanded cinema techniques including improvising with the projector’s light and speed as well as burning the film to achieve visible chemical transformation. Later on the participants will get a brief introduction into open source video and sound editing via kdenlive, ardour and similar tools. Each person will create his/her own improvised piece of a visual cadavre exquis.

Day 1 (11h-17h)

– Introduction into filming, processing and projection of super8 and 16mm
– A quick introduction into video & sound editing in Linux with the AvLinux Distrtibution
– Quick & dirty storyboarding of a small scene of each participant
– Film shooting

Day 2 (11-18h)

– Film Shooting and development / different techniques
– Film scratching and treatment
– Digitizing the material
– Fieldrecording and sound recording
– Video and sound editing
– Film-Performance/Live filmtreatment

Kris Limbach

Christoph “Kris” Limbach (born in 1978) is a sound artist residing in Berlin. Limbach graduated in applied physics from FU-Berlin and his physical knowledge merges into his sound and art work. His emphasis is always on exploring sound and image in an experimental way. Although his focus is on sound, he is involved in film projects since 1998, exploring always formats and aesthetics of cinema. His first experimental film, Cuento Incompleto was published in 2005 and since then he has collaborated with various artists performing live film screenings using expanded cinema techniques. This work for film has an outstanding influence on his current sound-art works, using film-editing techniques and film sound aesthetics for his sound pieces like the ongoing begin_ if _ () sound project and live performances. He released on labels such as Richard Garets´s Contour Editions, Staaltape, Modisti, Framework Radio, Agxivatein and more. He does sound engineering and installation for John Bock in addition to production and mastering work at Emitter19 Studios. He is part of the audiovisual trio Panoptik. He curates, together with Pierce Warnecke, the emitter micro label and emitter micro festival, a biennial experimental sound Festival in Berlin.