Joost Rekveld, Artist in distribution, Netherlands, 1970
Joost Rekveld was born in 1970 in Terneuzen, The Netherlands. He currently lives and works in Amsterdam. He studied at the Interfaculty Image and Sound of the Royal Conservatory in The Hague from 1989 to 1994 where he followed courses in computer music, electronic music, experimental film, art history and multimedia. In addition to making films and installations, Rekveld has worked extensively as a teacher and a curator. He has taught experimental film at the Interfaculty Image and Sound of the Royal Conservatory and the Royal Art Academy in The Hague. Since the department changed its name to ArtScience, he has been teaching algorithmic art and robotics. He also has been head of the ArtScience Interfaculty since 2008. He has worked as a curator, programming events at Impakt Festival, Sonic Acts, and the Nederlands Filmmuseum.
In 1991, Rekveld began making abstract films based on the idea of making visual music for the eye. He often develops his own optical and mechanical tools and software for making his animated and computer-generated films. His work explores the spatial aspects of light. This conceptual interest with light has recently triggered a movement from filmmaking to kinetic installations, architectural forms, and theatrical performances. His work is closely connected to the early history of optics and perspective, featuring images of crystal-like structures, geometric shapes, and light diffractions.