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Navire Argo is a one-of-a-kind instructional space that welcomes an ever-growing number of filmmakers and artists eager to learn photochemical techniques.
From shooting to projection, with all the steps in between – development, editing, and striking prints – filmmakers learn by doing and experimenting. Skills and gestures that once belonged to lab technicians are now passed on to filmmakers.
A living conservatory of cinematographic techniques, Navire Argo is an invaluable depository of unique and hard-to-find documentation.
This technical resource, gradually collected over the years, is indispensable for the survival of fundamental skills and for the maintenance and customization of the industrial machines at the heart of the lab.
This sharing of skills takes place in dialogue with a broad network of cinematheques and film archives involved in crucial questions of preservation and exhibition of the rich century-long cinematographic heritage.
This sharing-based approach goes beyond the strict professional framework of photochemical post-production.
In collaboration with schools and universities such as La Fémis, Beaux-Arts de Paris, and the University of Paris VIII, Navire Argo will participate in educational projects related to the moving image, in particular by developing partnerships with local social and cultural organizations.
These collaborations, always open to (re)invention, can take the form of workshops, school visits to the laboratory, collective film productions, and off-site screening