Mentoring programme Nicolas Rey: material film & artist-run film labs

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
300MNRF credit 1 30 seminar hours (45 min) of instruction per semester, 3 to 8 hours of self-study English summer

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1st DAY, THURSDAY 18/04/2024

Venue: Studio FAMU, Reference screening room, Klimentská 4, 110 00 Praha

Time schedule:

12:30 doors open

13:00 -16:00 Lecture and projection


The history of practices of filmmakers taking charge of laboratory techniques up to the birth of artists' film laboratories in the 1990s in Europe. Expansion of this network, now grouped together at, and the challenges facing this practice since the switch to digital. The specific nature of the medium, from filming to projection. Current opportunities and resources for artistic production in the field of photochemical film in an international context.



Projection of films (16, 35mm) created on the international scene of artist-run film labs within the last years (cca 60min programme)

In English without interpreting.

2nd DAY, FRIDAY 19/04/2024

2 events!!!

Lecture and projection at FAMU 13:00 - 16:00

Film screening at Ponrepo 20:30


Venue: Projection room FAMU, Smetanovo nábřeží 2, Praha

Time schedule:

12:30 doors open

13:00 – 16:00 Lecture and projection


Focus on the specific case of L'Abominable, a shared film laboratory that was foun-ded in the suburbs of Paris in 1996. Nicolas Rey will also present the project Le Na-vire Argo, which is a continuation and prolongation of L'Abominable. In 2025 this project dedicated to the issue of silver film will bring together the laboratory and a screening room, in a building that has been renovated from the former Éclair labo-ratories ( Elucidating ntention and relevance of the project in relation to the context of film archives, educational establishments and questions of transmission.



Screening of short films (16, 35mm) made at the lab L'Abominable

In English without interpreting.

  1. Film screening at the cinema NFA Ponrepo

Address: Bartolomějská 11, Prague 1

Time: 20:30, film screening of a feature film of Nicolase Reye autrement, la Molussie (2011, 16mm, 78 min; in German with English subtitles). Discussion with the filmmaker after screening.

In English without interpreting.

Learning outcomes

French filmmaker Nicolas Rey will introduce the students to the scene of independent artist-run film labs. They will learn about the possibilities of working in the medium of photochemical and optomechanical film on an international scale. Through two blocks of screenings from film prints (16mm, 35mm) and one feature film by Nicolas Rey (16mm), students will experience a variety of non-standard ways of expressing themselves through images and thinking materially: in and through matter.

Prerequisites and other requirements

Participation in Alexander Larose mentoring is an advantage but not a requirement.


see :

Rossella CATANESE and Jussi PARIKKA, Handmade films and artist-run labs: The chemical sites of film’s counterculture, 2018 (

Pip CHODOROV, « The artist-run film labs », Millennium Film Journal, 2014, n°60, pp. 28–36.

Kim KNOWLES, Experimental Film and Photochemical Practices, Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, 2020.

Alexandra MORALESOVÁ, „Experimentální film. Vstup do filmové laboratoře a setkání s tělem“, Sešit pro umění, teorii a příbuzné zóny 24, 2018, s. 60–91. (česky)

Alexandra MORALESOVÁ,„Preliminary notes on contemporary material (experimental) film practice“ in We cannot philosophize in texts any more, we have to try images (Vilém Flusser’s Visual Experiments) in Baruch GOTTLIEB, Katerina KRTILOVA and Ulrich RICHTMEYER (eds.), West Den Haag 2023. (in English)

Knowles book is to be found in the FAMU library, for digital version of the other texts ask directly A. Moralesova (

Evaluation methods and criteria

Participation in the 3 events listed above: lecture on the history and present of film labs, the first program block, lecture on Fr. L'Abominable and the newly launched project le Navire Argo, second programme block, evening screening of N. Rey's film


Your contact for the registration for the module is Andrea PETROVIČOVÁ,, +420 234 244 339

Further information

This course is an elective for all AMU students

Schedule for winter semester 2023/2024:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

Schedule for summer semester 2023/2024:

Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
18.04.2024 13:00–16:00 Alexandra MORALESOVÁ Studio FAMU - reference Screen
Klimentská ulice
lecture parallel1
19.04.2024 13:00–16:00 Alexandra MORALESOVÁ Projection Room
Lažanský palác
lecture parallel1
19.04.2024 20:30–22:40 Alexandra MORALESOVÁ Kino Ponrepo
lecture parallel1

The subject is a part of the following study plans