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Joost Rekveld: The Materiality of Signals
Spielberg Theater at the Egyptian
Los Angeles, CA
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Joost Rekveld: The Materiality of Signals
Sunday March 12, 2017, 7:30pm
Los Angeles Filmforum presents
Joost Rekveld: The Materiality of Signals, with the artist in person!
Including the U.S. premiere of Rekvelds newest film, #67 (2017)!
At the Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian, 6712 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

(Note: An equally crucial but completely different program of Joost Rekvelds 16mm and 35mm work will be presented on Monday, March 13 at 8:30pm at REDCAT!)

Los Angeles Filmforum is thrilled to welcome one of the worlds contemporary masters of alchemical abstraction, Joost Rekveld, in a rare visit from Amsterdam.    

Since the early 1990s, visionary artist Joost Rekveld has been exploring the inner depths and outer reaches of optical expression at the nexus of technology and natural phenomena, producing a body of astonishing works of mesmerizing abstraction.  Rekveld's films combine a remarkable ingenuity and facility with the image-making capabilities of various machines (many of his own design) with his radically inventive theories and approaches to form, motion, and perception.  The result has been a startlingly diverse, ever-expanding body of work marked by formal rigor, breathtaking imagery, and a rich, expressive audiovisual poetry.

Tonights program comprises four films spanning twenty years of Rekvelds output, and includes works ranging from colorful and kinetic visual abundance to monochrome electronic image worlds of pure energy and noise, working through various processes, refractions, variations, and reductions along the way.  The evening begins with the U.S. premiere of Rekvelds newest piece, the electromagnetic Vasulka homage #67 (2017), and continues with the evanescent light wave study of #23.2 Book of Mirrors (2002), the rarely screened formalist hand-painted film #7 (1996), and concludes with the mesmerizing cellular organicism of #43.6 (2013).  - Mark Toscano

Joost Rekvelds programs and visit are made possible with the generous support of the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts.  Many thanks also to Steve Anker, Bérénice Reynaud, and Andrew Kim of Film at REDCAT for their collaboration.  Program curated by Mark Toscano.

Joost Rekvelds website:

Introduction to the life and work of Joost Rekveld, by Simona Monizza & Ruth Sweeney, Eye Filmmuseum:

Tickets: $10 general; $6 for students/seniors; free for Filmforum members. Available in advance from Brown Paper Tickets or at the door.
For more information: www.lafilmforum.org or 323-377-7238


2017, DCP, b/w, sound, 16m

#23.2 Book of Mirrors
2002, 35mm, color, sound, 12m

1996, 16mm, color, silent, 32m

2013, DCP, color, sound, 11m

total running time: 71m

Joost Rekveld (b. 1970) is an artist who is motivated by the question of 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.

His abstract films have been shown world-wide in a wide range of festivals and venues for experimental film, animation or other kinds of moving image. Most of his recent films had their premieres at the International Film Festival Rotterdam and he has had retrospectives at the Barbican in London and the Ann Arbor film festival amongst others. Individual films have been screened at hundreds of venues, including the ICA and the Tate Modern in London, The Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Moderna Museet in Stockholm. His film #11, Marey <-> Moire was the first Dutch film to be ever shown at the Sundance Film Festival.

He has realized several installations and was involved in many collaborative projects involving composers, music ensembles, theatre companies, dance companies and artists labs. These included dance company Emio Greco | PC (Amsterdam / Marseille), music theatre ensemble De Veenfabriek (Leiden), contemporary music ensembles such as ASKO / Schonberg (Amsterdam) and ensemble Intercontemporain (Paris), Opera North (Leeds) and The Royal Opera (London) and electronic art and music laboratories such as IRCAM (Paris), STEIM (Amsterdam) and the V2 Institute for Unstable Media (Rotterdam).

Since February 2017, Joost has been affiliated to the School of Arts, University College Ghent as an artistic researcher.   (adapted bio courtesy of the artist)

This program is supported by the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts; the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission; the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles; and Bloomberg Philanthropies. We also depend on our members, ticket buyers, and individual donors.

Los Angeles Filmforum is the citys longest-running organization dedicated to weekly screenings of experimental film, documentaries, video art, and experimental animation. 2017 is our 42nd year.

Coming Soon to Los Angeles Filmforum:
Mar 13  Joost Rekveld: Light Matters @ REDCAT: a completely different program with the artist in person!
Mar 19  Binghamton Babylon

Memberships available, $70 single, $115 dual, or $50 single student
Contact us at lafilmforum@yahoo.com.
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Spielberg Theater at the Egyptian (View)
6712 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
United States


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