Conversations at the Edge

BOOK OF MIRRORS: FILMS BY JOOST REKVELD

Posted by | Conversations at the Edge | Posted on | October 6, 2009

Thursday, October 8, 6pm | Joost Rekveld in person!

Image: Joost Rekveld, #37 (2009). Image courtesy of the artist.
Image: Joost Rekveld, #37 (2009). Image courtesy of the artist.

Joost Rekveld’s films are spectacular treatises on the nature of light. They have screened around the world, including at Sundance, Rotterdam, Media City, and the Dutch Filmmuseum. Inspired by Medieval and Renaissance theories of optics, proto-cinematic technologies, X-ray photography, and visual music, Rekveld produces immersive cinematic experiences from optical experiments with his own handmade equipment. In the award-winning #11, Marey <-> Moiré (1999), Rekveld creates stroboscopic patterns from filaments of intersecting lights; in #23.2, Book of Mirrors (2002) he uses kaleidoscopes to refract light onto the film’s emulsion. His latest film, #37 (2009), generates swarming tessellations from software exploring the organic symmetries of crystals. Also featured is Rekveld’s 1994 short, #3. 1994-2009, Netherlands, multiple formats, ca. 75 min.

JOOST REKVELD (1970, Netherlands) makes abstract films and kinetic installations, designs projections and light for various dance and theatre productions, and works as a curator and teacher. His films have screened around the world, including the Sundance Film Festival, the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Media City and the Dutch Filmmuseum. He is currently the head of the ArtScience Interfaculty of the Royal Conservatory /Royal Academy of Art in the Hague, and teaches on the faculty of the Leiden Institute for Advanced Computer Science at Leiden University. Visit www.lumen.nu/rekveld.

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