In partnership with Balagan and Handcranked Film, AgX is a newly established film collective. AgX joins a growing movement of artist-run film collectives and laboratories around the world who are uniting to share resources, equipment, camaraderie and knowledge in order to build a vibrant space that focuses on the creation and appreciation of photochemical filmmaking.
As the materials and processes of filmmaking rise in cost and well-crafted equipment is disposed of by institutions, filmmaking tools are rapidly falling into the hands of artists who are now encouraged to explore and reimagine the roles of chemist, colorist, technician, machinist… AgX members harness all of their individual skills to realize otherwise complicated or expensive undertakings, such as screenings, performances, classes, workshops, bulk ordering photochemistry and film, rescuing and repairing equipment.
Open to collaborating with a broad array of artists, students and organizations, AgX supports a unique, diverse community of filmmakers, photographers and interdisciplinary artists — both novice and experienced — who convene, create, teach, inspire and learn from one another. Our physical space provides a comfortable communal area where members engage in shooting film, processing, contact printing, optical printing, animation, editing, screenings and dialogue, as well as and endless variety of events and experiments.
Embedded within the emulsion of photochemical film, silver halides are crystals composed of silver and one of the halogens (Br, Cl or I), often given the notation AgX.
AgX (pronounced A Gee Ex) is a Boston-area collective of artists who share resources, equipment, camaraderie and knowledge with a focus on the creation and appreciation of the moving image arts. Part of an international circle of artist-run film labs, AgX is open to collaboration and experimentation with other entities while it cultivates and supports a diverse community of filmmakers, photographers and interdisciplinary artists. Sensitive to the particular alchemy of silver reacting with light, our fluid composition freely bonds with both still images and moving, the many media that modulate light and sound, and the infinite spectrum of interactions possible.