KIM KNOWLES: “PHOTOCHEMICAL FILM CAN BRING ABOUT A NEW KIND OF ETHICAL OR ENVIRONMENTAL CONSCIOUSNESS”
By Tomáš Hudák
Despite film becoming a predominantly digital medium in the 21st century, photochemical film has not disappeared completely. There is still a vibrant scene of experimental cinema around it that doesn’t value analogue film for its past glories but focuses on how it can speak to our present and help us reflect on contemporary issues like climate change. Newly established artist-run labs and collectives are therefore not only an expression of artistic ambitions or aesthetical priorities, but can be understood as part of wider social and political movements.