The Wabi-Sabi in Super 8

• Workshop July 26 & 27, 2014  •  Essen Stiftung Zollverein / Zollverein World Heritage

„The Coffee-Beer-Weed-Revolution!“
Experimental Film Processing Workshop as part of the traveling exhibition “zur nachahmung empfohlen! expeditionen in ästhetik und nachhaltigkeit”
/ “recommended for imitation! expeditions in aesthetics and sustainability”

Zollverein UNESCO World Heritage Site: 100 hectares, distributed over the central shaft facilities of Zollverein XII, the Shafts 1/2/8 and the coking plant premises. 100 hectares which fill the term “industrial culture” with life like no other place. More than 25 years after its closure, the once largest colliery in Europe combines culture and dining, design and architecture, handicraft and the creative industry – as the only World Heritage Site of the Ruhr Area.

I have been experimenting with alternatives to traditional developers that are harmful to the environment for some time. And I stumbled across CAFFENOL, a black and white negative developer! A lot of photographers have already tried it and there are various recipes and reports circulating on the Internet!

Caffenol consists of instant coffee, vitamin C powder and washing soda.
You can easily find the three of them around the corner for little money. Better buy the cheapest type of coffee, it contains the most caffeic acid which is bad for your stomach but essential for developing! Dispose the soup after use in the toilet.

What more is possible? Kitchen stuff like beer, wine, apple juice, flower tea, weed soup. It smells interesting-alchimistic, it's eco and it develops film as nicely as regular photo chemicals! Black & white negative. We explore to beautiful and vast Zollverein area, collect herbs, film and develop!

An experimental workshop for 14 participants! Saturday / Sunday 11 am to 4 pm.

The Workshop is over now and was very successful! We developed using coffee, regional beer and butterfly shrub blossoms that grow all over the place! TriX, Adox, PlusX and Kodachrome! All amazing!

Butterfly shrub blossoms brewed to tea and then later becoming developer.
Zeche Zollverein - The winding tower of shaft 12.
A group of alchimists!
Stauder Beer - filmed and then mixed to become a decent developer.
More info about eco developing here!
A red miracle: an old Kodachrome, developed in Caffenol became bright red!
Here's the Kodachrome film - developed in coffee – very amazingly turned out red >>>>>    
and here's a compilation of the other experiments – negative and positive >>>>>