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23rd Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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#57

director: Joost Rekveld
original title: #57
country: Netherlands
year: 2018
running time: 14 min.
Central European Premiere

synopsis

A visualization of the workings of the high-frequency oscillators once used to test military sonars and medical ultrasound devices is juxtaposed with abstract illustrations of a Chinese mathematician’s differential equations, and their visualization through analogue computer processes shows the subtle exactness of changing textures. 

"Technology is a deforming mirror that shows us what humans think and do. For that reason I make my work in a dialogue with machines that I develop myself, trying to learn from what they tell us." J. Rekveld

biography

With his video explorations of the world of machines, Joost Rekveld (1970) creates a dialogue between cold metal blocks, binary computer programs, and healthy human curiosity. His Vertovesque documentaries reflect a desire for using cinema to understand objects made of nuts and bolts. They bring the automated world of machines to life through a stylistic manipulation of the viewer and his visible inclusion in the cinematic process.

more about film

producer: Joost Rekveld
photography: Joost Rekveld
sound: Joost Rekveld

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