In its Deep Focus: Nuts & Bolts programme section, International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) presents a series of unique machines from the studios of independent filmmakers and artists. Through an exhibition, film screenings and live performances, Nuts & Bolts reveals just how wide-ranging the diversity of techniques used is: from digital and high-tech to analogue and deliberately anachronistic.
The exhibition Nuts & Bolts is made up of a dozen installations: from home-made projectors and shadow plays to wooden cameras and window drawings. The installations, performances and films in Nuts & Bolts are research laboratories that allow us to explore our relationship to the moving image. They also show us how these artists enter into highly individualistic dialogues with the history of film. The programme consists of works by the likes of Quay Brothers, Wim Janssen and Dušica Dražić, Guy Maddin and Mika Taanila. The legendary radical filmmaker Peter Kubelka will daily present his vision on the relationship between bread, butter and cinema.
Clockwise: Peter Kubelka Presents: Bread, Butter and Other Metaphors; Projektor by Wim Janssen & Dusica Drazic; #61 and #67 by Joost Rekveld
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. His work was screened at the Tate Modern in London, The Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Moderna Museet in Stockholm. For his animated films, Rekveld often builds his own mechanical, optical devices. He uses the computer as a machine for composition; the perfect coming together of digital and analogue. The internationally renowned artist and filmmaker brings his latest installation #61 – in which abstract moving images respond to the viewers present – to Nuts & Bolts. In addition, his latest short film #67 will have its world premiere at the festival, and Rekveld will present his live performance Ursae Minoris in sound//vision. IFFR honours the experimental film artist with a retrospective on his complete oeuvre, which spans nearly 25 years. Rekveld’s work was recently restored by the Dutch EYE Film Institute.
Thursday 26 January to Saturday 4 February, from 11:00am to 8:30pm.Daily a 'Punch a Clock' live-event at 5:00pm.
It’s Always Darkest Before It Becomes Totally Black, Serge Onnen, the Netherlands, installation, world premiere
Peter Kubelka Presents: Bread, Butter and Other Metaphors, Peter Kubelka, performance, world premiere
RE-ENACTMENTS, This Comb Does Not Work at Random (Hommage à Segundo de Chomón) El Hotel Electrico 1908, 2014, Quay Brothers / Atelier Koninck, Belgium, installation
The Great Silence, Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla, Puerto Rico, short film, international premiere