35mm laser etched moving picture show by jurg lehni 35mm laser etched moving picture show by jurg lehni
nov 20, 2012

35mm laser etched moving picture show by jurg lehni


35mm laser etched ‘moving picture show’ by jürg lehni 

remains of the emulsion removal process 


developed by los angeles-based designer jurg lehni, the ‘moving picture show’ demonstrates a scenario of the production of animated drawings, where visualizations are created by reappropriating a process normally used by the film industry. by etching subtitles into the emulsion layer of 35mm film using a high-powered precision laser, the process reflects on the current migration from analogue to digital movie projections in cinema, as the medium of 35mm motion picture film becomes obsolete. in etching away the emulsion, only the clear base of the film remains – projected onto the screen, as the lines appear bright and clear.



moving picture show by jürg lehnivideo courtesy of  jürg lehni



moving picture show by jürg lehnivideo courtesy of  jürg lehni




 laser emulsion process



animated visualizations on 35mm film


installation process



real time emulsion screen view






laser bed 


view inside the jesuit chapel in chaumont



screen animation




project contributors:

james goggin (US)maximage (CH) karl nawrot (NL)jonathan puckey / moniker(NL)david reinfurt (US)


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  • so where does this go
    where is the meat
    beyond “just patterns”??????
    where is the hook where in the fish drags you into different dimensions ????????
    right now all you have is technology

    Paedra says:
  • So…Basically he made animation with a process normally used for making subtitles. some kind of low tech art installation…

    Skinner17 says:
  • Interesting Moire patterns being projected… What does the fancy laser gear have to do with it all?

    laser says:

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