Laboratorio de Investigacion Cinematografica / Montevideo / Uruguay

ADRESS : Fundacion de arte contemporeneo J. C. Gomez 1544 / CP:11.000 / Montevideo Uruguay

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The lab was created by Stefano Canapa and Yoana Urruzola in March 2007 following a residence of several months in Montevideo.

After meeting with Fernando Lopez Lage and Dalila Bartfeld of the Foundation of Contemporary art (FAC) the laboratory was installed within its structure, in a large, three-story building on Juan Carlos Gomez Street which overhangs the port in the centre of Ciudad Vieja (the old city).  This is where a number of artists (painters, video makers, photographers) work and have their studios.

And this is where the LIC setup in a small, black room of a few square meters and the attached bathroom.

Chemistries are made according to the formulas from Kodak.  To find most chemical components it was necessary to go to Buenos Aires, on the other side of Rio de la Plata.

Two Lomo spools (of 10 m and 2 x 15 m) allow for the development of the three formats (Super 8, 16mm and 35mm).

With limited means (a pan to heat water in order to warm up chemicals) it is possible to develop N/B (D97, D96 and reversal) and colour positive (SD 51).
The winters are very hard in Uruguay, temperatures dropping to 4/5° for several months, and as the building lacks a heating system it’s best to wait for the beautiful days of summer for processing colour positive.

At the end of a protracted negotiation with the previous owner (the laboratories of Uruguay, closed since 1986) we were able to buy a 16mm Bell & Howell contact printer.  It became possible to strike and calibrate black and white prints, while the machine’s filter system makes colour timing more complex.

In June and July of 2007, after a workshop of about a dozen days in which about fifteen people participated, the laboratory opened its doors and become a collective resource.

Two people in particular, Uzi Sabah and Angela Lopez Ruiz, will undertake the management of LIC.

The tool now exists, even if the project remains a hypothesis that’s taking form slowly (muy lentamente, dicen echos).
In November 2007, TIE (The International Experimental Cinema Exposition) takes stage in Montevideo, where meetings are organized between artists and filmmakers, the LIC takes part in setting up the projections and a second wind seems to be born.