The banal image re-envisioned
Appropriating home movies

The workshop is held by LaborBerlin e.V. members Maja Milic and Christin Turner.

No prior experience or equipment necessary.

In today’s world, saturated with self-produced imagery, people become their own ethnographers. Home movies can be seen at the root formation of this self-vision. This workshop explores home movies as a form of experimental autoethnography, focusing on their philosophical, sociological and anthropological potential to express something different apart from already preconceived concepts of history / archive / document. Something that deals with what Roland Barthes terms as obtuse meanings, the poetry of banality, gestures, collective memory, and the personal.

Through a series of exercises in ritualistic viewing using found super8 home movies of unknown origin, we will question the ontology of the image itself: how we see and what we see. That is, what makes a home movie? What are their characteristics? How can they be used for experimental or artistic purposes? Where do they intersect with found footage filmmaking, diary films, ethnographic films, or travelogues? How does our perception open up when we detach home movies from narrative to become a purely banal image? Can this detachment display a collective memory more profound than history? 

The aim of the workshop is to create a collaborative film assembled from fragments, in which each participant projects their personal memories onto found images of the collective. This process utilizes analogue editing of super8 film material using the tools of projectors, viewers, and splicers.



Maja Milic (b. 1985, Croatia) is an independent artist, DJ and experimental filmmaker based in Berlin. She holds a MFA in Film from the HFBK Hamburg and a Dipl.-Ing. degree in graphic design from the Faculty of Graphic Arts Zagreb. Maja works predominantly with analogue film and is a member of the artist-run film labs Klubvizija (Zagreb) and Laborberlin (Berlin). She mentored workshops on BW & color 8mm/16mm hand-processing, experimental film techniques and 16mm filmmaking in the film labs, as well as festivals like Strictly Analog festival in Ljubljana, Space and Hustlin in Helsinki and Analogica in Bolzano. Except for experimental films, her work includes installations, performances, radio, collaborations with dancers, performers, musicians. In recent years her research focuses heavily on home movies / found footage as) experimental (auto)ethnography and other "banalities". She is a collector of 8mm Yugoslavian home movies. At the moment Maja is preparing a conceptual publication using elements of her newest film of variable length and structure, Other, and working on experimental music, sound and radio.
Her films have been shown at Festival des cinémas différents et expérimentaux de Paris, Alternative Film/Video Festival Belgrade, L'Alternativa -  Festival de Cinema Independent de Barcelona, Analogica, in curated programs at Cinemateket Oslo, Academy of Arts Helsinki, Filmkoop Wien, Festival Internacional de Videoarte Cultivamos Cultura, Pugnant Film Series in Athens, Museo del Cine Lumiton in Buenos Aires, to name a few.

Christin Turner (b. 1985, USA) is a filmmaker and video artist. Her work depicts landscape as both metaphor and means for traversing psychological terrains, and investigates the possibilities of cinema as a site for transcendence. Turner’s use of color and light has been described as painterly, impressionistic, and psychedelic. Turner received an MFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a BA from the University of California San Diego. Her experimental films have been featured on vdrome and Frieze, and have screened at a variety of venues including the Museum of Modern Art, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Karlovy-Vary, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Festival du Nouveau Cinema Montreal, 25FPS Festival, Kurzfilmtage Winterthur and at Kurzfilmtage Hamburg where she was awarded the De-Framed Prize (2017). Her work has been supported with residencies at MacDowell, the Bogliasco Foundation and the Villa Sträuli. She currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany and Lausanne, Switzerland.

for any questions
Maja Milic
tel: 017647129887

Fri 22 - Sun 24 Oct



  • DAY 1 / FRI 22 / 14:00 - 17:00
    Introducing the concept & material w/ examples
  • DAY 2 / SAT 23 / 12:00 - 17:00
    exercises on perception
    Introducing editing with super8
  • DAY 3 / SUN 24 / 12:00 - 17:00
    Editing the film and screening the results

Other v.1.0.0. (2021, Croatia/Germany) by Maja Milic

Vesuvius at Home (2018, USA/Italy) by Christin Turner


Thu 21

Festival Opening

Selection #1
Voyages and Journals

21:30 / ACUD KINO

Part 1 - Experimented, (ab)used, remembered