Reynold Reynolds – Impakt Artist in Residence



This fall, Impakt Works invites Reynold Reynolds voor the Artist-in-residence program. Reynolds and Impakt have been working together since 2001 and his latest work Secret Machine was screened earlier this year at the Impakt Festival 2009 – Accelerated Living.
Born 1966 in Alaska, U.S.A., Reynolds currently lives in Berlin, Germany. Influenced early on by philosophy and working primarily with 16 mm and Super 8 mm film he developed a film grammar based on transformation, consumption and decay. In 2003 Reynold Reynolds was awarded the John Simone Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and in 2004 he was invited to The American Academy in Berlin with a studio at Künstlerhaus Bethanien for one year. In 2007 he received the German Kunstfonds support to develop two projects in Berlin in 2008. In 2010 he will have a eight month residency at Akademie Schloss Solitude in Germany. Well known works by Reynold Reynolds are ‘Six Apartments’ and ‘Secret Life’.

Reynolds is an artist who knows how to combine the best of both worlds. He uses both complex animation techniques as well as traditional cinematographic elements. He works with actors and knows his way around storyboards, movie sets and 16mm film. His choice in subject matter, combined with this increasingly rare method makes Reynolds one of few artists who knows how to bridge two completely separate worlds.


For the Artist-in-residence program, Reynolds will be working on a new film, titled: “The Ultraviolet Catastrophe”. In this film Reynolds shows us the human side of the developments in modern mathematics and physics that have drastically changed our perception of the world and the universe. With every new era people introduced new ideas about the world and the universe. Throughout history, even untill today, people have discovered the universe is of a much more colossal scale and of a much older age than their ancestors believed. Reynolds tells us this story through the people behind the theories, from Bernhard Riemann to Isaac Newton to Albert Einstein. In three parts we see the transformation from a fourdimensional absolute worldview to the multi-dimensional relativistic model scientists use today.

From 14 till 18 December, Reynolds will be giving a workshop as part of his residency at Impakt. During this workshop, participants will learn how to use stop motion photography with actors and camera movement using simple computer programs to move the camera.
The basis of film making can be found in photography as a film is a sequence of photographs. Reynold Reynolds will show examples of both his own works as well as works from other artists in which this fundamental aspect of the medium of film and video is manifested. Next to shooting a group scene, participants will also be able to come up with their own concept and shoot an individual scene.


Other Impakt works and pages about Reynold Reynolds:

Secret Machine – Reynold Reynolds

Impakt Event: Reynold Reynolds

Video Linearity