WORM.Filmwerkplaats (Rotterdam, the Netherlands) is an artist-run workspace dedicated to motion picture film as an artistic, expressive medium. It's geared towards filmmakers and artists interested in film not purely as a storage medium for their ideas, visuals and soundtrack, but as a material that actively shapes and distorts these thoughts, images and sounds.
WORM.Filmwerkplaats (Rotterdam, the Netherlands) is an artist-run workspace dedicated to DIY analogue practice, geared towards artists interested in film as an expressive, physical medium. Part of a larger network of artist-run labs in Europe, Filmwerkplaats functions as a centre for new experiments and debates around filmic creation. Our screening programme encompasses a wide range of subject matter, showing works by members and guest-filmmakers throughout the year. We believe in promoting the full potential of the medium, and always look to explore the possibilities of film as a performative, tactile material.
Film has lost its position as a major exhibition medium and there is a steep decline in the use of it as a commercial capture medium. Film's stubborn physicality gives it strength as a material for artistic expression. WORM.filmwerkplaats is a great place to get your hands on film and experiment with all of the possibilities it offers. Here you can explore the medium’s materiality, be it through chemical manipulation, printing and reprinting, in-camera effects or perhaps through direct mechanical use of the film material.
WORM.filmwerkplaats has expanded its presence in the world with screenings of works created at other artist-run film labs across the globe and by collaborative projects. These initiatives should strengthen the international film community and will reintroduce the wider public to film as a lively, ever evolving artistic medium.