In 2015 the works of internationally renowned Dutch multimedia artist Joost Rekveld were added to the EYE collection. This was the starting point of an elaborate restoration of his early works, undertaken in close collaboration with Rekveld himself, which has resulted in two curated programs of his abstract films. These are available for screening from January 2017. The films span Rekveld’s whole career from his earliest film #2 (1993) to his most recent work #67. The two programs are centred around the four early works recently restored by EYE, which include #2 (1993), VRFLM (1994), #5 (1994) and #7 (1996). The two programs will world premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2017.
Joost Rekveld is an artist who is motivated by the question of what we can learn from a dialogue with machines. His films are a direct result of his deep fascination for the technological world which surrounds us, both analogue or digital. In his approach to creation he bridges art and science, and is often inspired by the forgotten corners of history in science and technology. His abstract films resonate internationally and have been shown worldwide at several festivals and venues.