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Joost Rekveld
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ART MACHINES 0.2 - Workshop: ReCoding Joost Rekveld

CCU calls artists, coders and designers to participate in ReCoding Joost Rekveld, a two-day workshop with the master of Generative art at Sensor Lab. Participants will create prototypes for new works, inspired on one of Joost’s early films.

For years now, Joost has been 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.

The two-day workshop follows the method of ReCoding. This means that we’ll try to deconstruct the chaotic system that lays underneath one of Joost’s early films. We’ll use this process as a means to get inspired, understand the craft of working with chaotic systems, and create prototypes for new works.

The trajectory consists of several phases. The first phase is inspiration and hands-on prototyping. The reinterpretations that are made by the participants will be presented in a video installation, which will be on display at Uitfeest of Culturele Zondag in September.


Based on the prototypes interested participants can create a proposal for a performance or installation. The jury will review the proposals and select one project which receives an amount of €5000,- to develop the proposal into a presentable piece. The end result will be presented at ART MACHINES 1.0, an immersive audiovisual club night in the end of November.

LOCATION: Sensor Lab, Plompetorengracht 4, Utrecht
TIME: 10:00 - 17;00 | 18 & 19 May
PRICE: €71,- (regular) | €36,- (students) - includes lunch & drinks


16 May – Masterclass by Joost Rekveld at Sensor Lab
18 & 19 May – 2-day workshop at Sensor Lab
29 June – Presentation work-in-progress (maker meetup) at RAUM
7 or 14 September – Presentation prototypes at Culturele Zondag - Jury Selection
September - November - development of selected project
end of November – ART MACHINES 1.0 - Immersive Arts Night at Central Studio’s

Joost Rekveld
Joost Rekveld
Joost Rekveld


Joost Rekveld
Gaby Wijers [LIMA]
Saskia Freeke [CCU]
Jarl Schulp [FIBER]

During the workshop Joost Rekveld will present one of his early works and gives an in depth view of his work process and the development of the code behind the work. This forms the basis for the participants to develop their own interpretation of his work. During this first phase participants create an algorithm for a screen-based work. The outcomes of this first iteration will be presented on a large LEDscreen in public space during CCU’s exhibition which also takes place during Culture Zondag. From this first phase we challenge participants to come up with proposals how to use the algorithms in different media. The selected participants will receive a production budget to develop their works. Half way through this period there will be an intermediary feedback moment where the participants present their work-in-progress and experiments with the chosen materials and media.


This ReCoding program is inspired by the School of Poetic Computation and The ReCode Project, a community-driven effort to preserve computer art by translating it into a modern programming language. Every translated work will be available to the public to learn from, share, and build on. Apart from making and presenting new artworks to the public, the project also contributes to the important question of the value of ReCoding as a preservation strategy for digital art.
http://recodeproject.com/ | http://sfpc.io/recoded/

The initial ReCode Project gives a lot of attention to the pioneers of the 50s and 60s of the previous century. However in the 80s and 90s the lowlands had a vibrant community of media art that should also be included in the discourse around early computer art. As such CCU collaborates with LIMA to add the experiments undertaken by Dutch pioneers. We think that these works could serve as a huge point of inspiration for the new generation of coders and we indeed identify with the aim of the ReCode Project to bring these works back in circulation.
http://www.creativecodingutrecht.nl/ | http://www.li-ma.nl/

About the Artist

Joost Rekveld 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. These systems combine temporary dogma’s in the form of procedures or code, with more open-ended elements such as material processes or networks of interactions that are too complex to predict. His films, installations and performances are composed documentaries of the worlds opened by such systems. In their sensuality they are an attempt to reach an intimate and embodied understanding of our technological world. 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. He had retrospectives at the Barbican in London and the Ann Arbor film festival amongst others, and in 2017 he was filmmaker in focus at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Individual films were 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 ever to be shown at the Sundance Film Festival.

About LIMA

LIMA plays a pioneering role in the field of digital art. As an international platform based in Amsterdam, LIMA presents, manages and preserves digital art on the cutting edge of visual arts art, film, digital culture and theater. LIMA initiates and presents media art through the early recognition of talents, worldwide distribution and presentation of its extensive collection of fifty years of media art, the support of new artistic productions and its leading activities in the field of preserving digital art. Despite this ubiquity of digital means, media art requires explicit specialist knowledge. LIMA has this knowledge and is the only institution in the Netherlands that is actively committed to and has a vision on what important digital heritage might be in the field of digital art - and that also archives this permanently for generations to come. LIMA actively interrogates the various disciplines, platforms and networks for digital art, shows them together and promotes multidisciplinary practices. This approach is unique and enables us to reach a broad, diverse and international audience.

This project is made possible with the generous support of Creative Industry Fund, Gemeente Utrecht, KF Hein Fonds and the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds.