Baltic Analog Lab is an artist collective and filmlab based in Riga, Latvia. It was founded in 2016.
Uniting filmmakers and photographers interested in analog film and photography, Baltic Analog Lab aims to produce, teach and inspire an audience by providing a space for creation, learning and teaching.
It is equipped for shooting, processing, editing and screening of 16mm and 8mm film, and also for analog photography. There are two darkrooms, one studio area for work and one dark screening space.
The high focus of the lab is education and collaboration; this is maintained by regular workshops led by BAL members and foreigner guests. It also includes film screenings and expanded cinema events.
The main curatorial event of the lab is the experimental film festival Process, which occurs in Riga since 2017. There are other regular events organised by the lab, where a crucial emphasis is put on interdisciplinary collaboration between analog filmmakers, musicians, poets, dancers and other artists.
Baltic Analog Lab is a member of Filmlabs.org global network
We are equipped for shooting, processing, editing and screening of 16mm and 8mm film, and also for analog photography. There are two darkrooms (for film and for photography), one studio area for work and one dark screening and events space.
Equipment we have:
- 16mm and super8, 2x8mm cameras
- 16mm and super8 film projectors
- steenback for editing 16mm films
- lomo tanks for processing 16mm and 8mm films
- patterson tanks for processing 35mm and 70mm still film
- photo enlargers for black and white photo copies
- various lab tools (measuring cups, thermometer, measuring scales, trays for chemistry etc)
We are a membership based collective. This means that each member holds responsibility and equal rights to participate and engage within the collective.
Even though there are couple people organising events and workshops, each participant has responsibility and duty to engage and help out in maintaining the space and events we organise.
Membership costs 100 EUR annually and it gives access to our space, as well as discounts in the workshops and events we organise.
In order to become a member you need to attend at least one of our workshops and propose your membership by sending us an email. Your participation will be discussed in the next collective meeting.