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Workshop facilitated by Franci Duran

Saturday, August 6th. (Rainy day date August 20th) 11am–5pm

Kensington Market

Registration fee: $50.00



Join us as we explore phytogramming, an experimental, cameraless animation technique where plant life is both the subject matter of the image and assists the means of photographic reproduction. Phytograms* are created by the exposure of black and white film or photo paper overlaid with plant material and dried in daylight. 

We will review the technique and then collect samples of the curated and unintentional plants growing in Kensington Market. After that we will soak our plants in an organic developer we make and then we experiment with super-8 and 16mm film stock and photo paper for the rest of the afternoon.

Take home your photo paper phytograms. Scanned versions of the film creations we make together will be available to view and download after the workshop. Participants will be asked to review documentation before we meet.

Please bring any recently picked leaves, flowers, stems and grasses etc... you want to work with in addition to what we collect on the day. No experience is necessary. This workshop includes all film, chemistry, and supplies for use during the workshop. 

*The phytogram process was created by artist Karel Doing who taught me the technique at Phil Hoffman's Independent Imaging retreat in 2018. I have been using the technique in my work since. (Check out my instagram to view examples of the process, @franciduran) 


Francisca Duran is a Chilean-Canadian experimental media artist who creates films, video installations, and 2D, photo-based, mixed-media works about history, memory, power and violence. Duran has exhibited internationally at film festivals and venues including International Film Festival at Rotterdam, HotDocs, Arkipel, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Kassel DOKFest, Los Angeles Film Forum, John Hansard Gallery and VideoPool Gallery. Duran holds an M.F.A. from York University and a B.A.H. from Queen’s University and she continues to receive professional development from artist-run centres. Her practice has been supported by research, travel, and production grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Arts Council.

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