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Thursday, 17 April 2014

London Analogue Festival coming back in September 2014 - submission... soon!



Was it the end of London Analogue Festival (LAF)? From strange emails to an email announcing the end of the festival to another email, last week, from an unknown person revealing some awkward truth about another person...
I eventually managed to find the manager of the festival, David Guerrini-Nazoa to clarify the situation. He created the festival and like any new festival or young students running a festival... things can go wobbly.

In September 2013, I posted on the London Analogue Festival and named it as the best new festival in my c(h)rappy xmas list.

I wanted to meet David, so he could tell more about LAF. I wish I could have met him at Joe’s Basement, a photographic lab for analogue films. You could drop your 35 mm films 24/7 in Wardour Street, W1. One morning of Jan 2003, all shops were stiff locked. Busted! David suggested the BFI Southbank to meet up.

Most of his fellow students who were part of LAF went back to their countries and he carries on the festival. The first edition in September 2013 was crowdfunded. He says that there are analogue festivals worldwide to celebrate films or photography but none offer an umbrella to celebrate the analogue era in general. He and his fellow’s students wanted to offer platform for artists using analogue in the world. A place where they could meet, or at least where their art pieces would gather under a same roof.
They were overwhelmed as they received 300 submissions from the world, from different generations and all walks of life.

I was wondering if there was a comeback to analogue despite digital being quite a recent “era”, a sort of hype?
According to David, it’s not hype as yet. Some are curious to have a go, some of the older generation continues to use analogue materials and film directors like Scorsese only shoot with analogue materials. There is an aesthetic and process that digital doesn’t offer. Whether with films, magnetic bands and processing, analogue is very tactile. You touch a product from beginning to end. You see the evolution. Analogue won’t die out, says David, it will shift, and it’s in transition.

At present, they are running workshops in photography and the run film screening to raise awareness in analogue as well as raising money for the second edition that might still happen in New Cross.

The submission for September edition will open in a few weeks time. No entry fee will be required but artists will have to pay for their work to be shipped. So, keep an eye on https://www.facebook.com/londonanalogue or their website coming soon on http://www.analoguefestival.com/ 
I am waiting for the LAF dates TBC, so I can log my analogue diary.


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