In 2017, the idea that a film is only something you watch in a cinema is of course an outdated concept. Moving images or audio-visual art consist of much more than just what appears on the big screen. In two programmes within its Deep Focus section, this year IFFR enters the filmmaker’s laboratory. In an exhibition, the Nuts & Bolts programme investigates the relationship between man and moving image. In addition, various short films, installations and performances will be shown in a retrospective by Dutch media artist Joost Rekveld.
Nuts & Bolts
The Nuts & Bolts programme investigates the ways images and media art are presented across the spectrum: from analogue to hightech. This Nuts & Bolts exhibition investigates the relationship between man and the moving image through an extensive collection of artworks and machines. Both historical and contemporary. This encompasses the whole spectrum of audio-visual art: works of art, installations, projectors, shadow play, wooden cameras and window drawing. With the works shown, a range of artists enter into a dialogue with the history of the media and technology, probing not only how we experience images, but also how the context around the image influences both our mental and physical experience of this. The programme contains works by the likes of Peter Kubelka, The Quay Brothers, Wim Janssen and Dušica Dražić, Guy Maddin and Mika Taanila.
Deep Focus: Joost Rekveld
In the Deep Focus programme section, special attention is devoted to the work of Dutch media artist Joost Rekveld, who has built up an international reputation with his films, installations and performances. Rekveld often builds his own devices, not hiding the techniques and technology used, but placing the machinery front and centre. In his hands, mathematical principles are no longer abstractions, but are made visual and concrete. For most of his animated films, he developed optical and mechanical set-ups, using the computer as a composition machine; the perfect coming together of digital and analogue. During IFFR, Rekveld will present his latest installation #61, in which abstract moving images respond to the viewers who are present. Also, his new short film #67 will have its world première and the live performance Ursae Minoris can be seen during sound//vision. A selection of his previous films (recently restored by EYE) will also be screened.
- Nuts & Bolts exhibition
Thur 26 Jan to Sat 4 Feb, from 11h00 to 20h00, with a live event daily at 17h00.
Address: Nieuwe Binnenweg 77 in Rotterdam. Admission free.
Exhibiting artists: Guillaume Bijl, Line Boogaerts, Jason Dee, Wim Janssen & Dušica Dražić, Honoré δ’O, Peter Kubelka, Andrew Lampert, Guy Maddin, Julien Maire, Serge Onnen, Mathijs van Oosterhoudt, Brothers Quay, Joost Rekveld, Teatro Dondolo, Sarah Vanagt, Floris Vanhoof.
The Nuts & Bolts film programme comprises works by Michael Palm, Philip Hartmann, Sean Blacknell & Wayne Walsh, Jay Cheel, Olivia Rochette & Gerard-Jan Claes, Aura Satz, Mika Taanila, Keith Sanborn, Sean Lynch, Allora & Calzadilla.
- Joost Rekveld