Pinhole Film Workshop

Saturday, January 14, 2017 - 12:00pm - 6:00pm
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A hands-on workshop where attendants will be able to discover and put into practice the techniques employed in the Pinhole Series film installations made by Mexican filmmaker Jorge Lorenzo. Via audiovisual examples, the workshop will start by explaining basic frame-by-frame animation concepts as well as explore a few ideas on hand-made or camera-less cinema in order to give a sense of the possibilities that film  provides once the medium’s limits are squeezed, so-to-speak, and looked upon in a different angle. There will also be a section dedicated to explaining the generation of imagery on a camera obscura system (as on any analogue or digital camera one is to come across with), and a quick glance at some interesting “traditional” pinhole films produced by different filmmakers throughout the years. Finally, attendants will be able to delve into Jorge Lorenzo's unique pinhole method by actually perforating strips of 16mm black leader film to produce short loops that will be mounted onto lensless projectors creating direct frame by frame animations that distort, in real-time, the actual rays of light emitted by the very lamps (in the projectors) that produce the resulting imagery of the experiment.



After finishing his BA degree in Communication Science at Tecnológico de Monterrey in the year 2000, Mexican filmmaker Jorge Lorenzo got involved in the local Monterrey audiovisual production scene for a few years. In 2004 he got a Fulbright scholarship to study an MFA degree in Experimental Film and Video at the San Francisco Art Institute in California where he lived for three years absorbing the legacy and tradition of experimental cinema the area has developed throughout several decades. Lorenzo works on solely individual and personal film projects nowadays and although he is still active in the field of video and digital technology, his fondness for the use of celluloid is evident not because of the image it produces but because of the format’s physical, material, and formal characteristics. Thus, through several experimental techniques like cameraless film and appropriation methods, Lorenzo’s sly observations of film’s conceptual nature question, not only contemporary moving image technology in general, but our very existence and place in society as well. Lorenzo’s films have been screened at important experimental cinema venues such as the Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale), the Images Festival in Toronto, and the Experiments in Cinema festival in Albuquerque, among others. His piece 1/48” (2008)—which merely lasts one single frame out of the usual twenty-four we see every second—captured the attention of some members of the international experimental cinema community like Alexander Horwath, Director of the Austria Filmmuseum in Vienna, who has quoted it on several occasions “…the most subversive film of all times,” including an article published in the renowned film magazine Cahiers du Cinéma. Creative endeavors apart, Jorge Lorenzo teaches film and video-related courses at "Tec de Monterrey" in his hometown in Northeast Mexico.


Lorenzo is LIFT's Winter 2017 Artist in Residence.