Expert’s Choice by Joost Rekveld


In this selection for the IMPAKT channel, I tried to capture the sense of discovery and excitement I had when I was working as one of the three curators and organizers in the early years of the festival. At that time, we were developing the festival into something more mature, but for me it was also the time of a personal discovery of experimental film and video. Making thematic programmes was a great way to give form to developing tastes and interests, but the most unexpected and exciting moments would occur a few times per year during the selection process for the ‘Panorama’ section. Through preview tapes and other channels, we would suddenly hit on this filmmaker that seemed to have just found his or her distinct voice. Or a new work would emerge from a filmmaker we had never heard of, but who had already a whole body of work.

The three works I selected are all three works that I remember ‘discovering’ in that way, and works that had their Dutch premieres at IMPAKT. They are works by filmmakers that extend their medium as a tool for discovering new ways of looking and new meaning.


BIO: Joost Rekveld (1970, Netherlands) is an artist who is motivated by the question what we can learn from a dialogue with machines. In his work, he explores the sensory consequences of systems of his own design, often inspired by forgotten corners in the history of science and technology. These systems combine temporary dogma’s in the form of procedures or code, with more open-ended elements such as material processes or networks of interactions that are too complex to predict. His films, installations and performances are composed documentaries of the worlds opened by such systems, and in their sensuality they are an attempt to reach a more intimate and embodied understanding of our technological world.

His films have been shown world-wide in a wide range of festivals and venues for experimental film, animation or other kinds of moving image. He realized several installations and did many collaborative projects involving composers, music ensembles, theatre companies and dance companies. Since 1990 he has been putting together many film programmes, he curated several exhibitions and he occasionally publishes essays. He has been giving lectures since 1993, has been teaching since 1996, and from 2008 to 2014 he was the course director of the ArtScience Interfaculty of the Royal Conservatoire and the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague.

At the moment he is starting his PhD research into ‘Open-Ended Machines’, investigating the dynamic between formalization and material agency by making a series of works that deal with the fundamentals of measurement and computing.

Movies in this program