UCCA Beijing

Becoming Again: Film Workshop & Screenings

2014.11.15 - 2014.11.16

Location:  UCCA Auditorium, Salon
Language:  Both Chinese and English

The present moment is not the time of analog film's end but the time of its transformation. It has not died. It is becoming again. All over the world independent film labs and collectives are working to maintain film as a viable artistic medium. Run by the filmmakers themselves, these labs function as spaces of collaboration where films can be independently produced, screened, and discussed.

Filmmakers Anja Dornieden and Juan David González Monroy, members of the independent film collective LaborBerlin, will give a hands-on introduction to working with film. Participants will be shown how to shoot, develop, and project Super 8mm film.

On Sunday the 16th,Anja Dornieden and Juan David González Monroy will present their work, which straddles the line between documentary truth, experimental film, and narrative fiction. On Tuesday the 16th, they will present a program of films selected from several of the labs that are part of the independent film labs network.

Ticketing & Participation: Ticket required.

Workshop fee: RMB 280, RMB 200 (UCCA members),

Film Screening: RMB 20, RMB 10 (UCCA members)

Pre-registration is required for the workshop. No previous knowledge is necessary. Please register with +86 105780 0200 (from Tuesday to Friday 11:00-18:00). Members may also contact: members@ucca.org.cn. Screenings are open to the public.

*Doors close 30 minutes after event begins.

*Collect your ticket from the ticket desk 15 minutes before the event begins.



2014.11.15 10:30-17:00

2014.11.16 10:30-17:00

Venue: UCCA Salon

Guests: Anja Dornieden, Juan David González Monroy

Film: 2014.11.16 19:00

Venue: UCCA Auditorium



16mm | 16 min | color | 2012

In the German Democratic Republic children played with dollhouses made to resemble the type of life they would one day grow up to have. Now many of these houses can be found for sale on eBay or in collectors’ hands.

The dollhouses that survive do so as idealized images of a time and place that no longer exists. Through the words of their past and new owners, “Eigenheim” looks at the people and memories that once dwelled in these spaces to explore the remnants of a lost world.

A Flea's Skin Would be Too Big for You

16mm & Super8 | 47 min | color | 2013

In the summer of 2009, a new theme park was inaugurated in China. It was called "The Kingdom of the Dwarves". From all over China recruits were brought in to live in the park and entertain its visitors. There were only two stipulated requirements for employment: the performers had to be between 18 and 40 years old and be shorter than 130 cm. Twice a day they take the stage singing and dancing for the paying crowd.

“A flea’s skin would be too big for you” was an epigram used by the Romans to address a dwarf, at the period of the decadence.

Now I Want to Laugh

Two 16mm projectors | 15 min | 2014

This is a simulation of a prototype for a “feeling machine” envisioned by Dr. D. Forme in 1917. This simulation is based on a short description and diagram found in the doctor’s notebooks. The description focuses on only one section of the machine. Brief mentions of the other sections were included but no detailed information was discovered. The machine was never built, yet according to the description its purpose was “to replace the faulty mechanism of human emotion”.


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