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 A recently updated short description of my research goes as follows: A recently updated short description of my research goes as follows:
  
-Artists who work with technology often develop their own tools as part of the articulation of an aesthetic language. My research starts from the comparison of this process with the mutual transformations of devices, procedures, concepts and scientists that take place in a scientific lab. I am investigating the mutual construction of tools and artist, as a way to take a conceptual and practical step in my work and position it more explicitly relative to recent developments in the exact sciences. Central to formulating such a position will be to reflect on the dialogue between humans and technology, focusing on the point where concepts and materials interact.\\ +Artists who work with technology often develop their own tools as part of the articulation of an aesthetic language. My research starts from the comparison of this process with the mutual transformations of devices, procedures, concepts and scientists that take place in a scientific lab. I am investigating the mutual construction of tools and artist, as a way to take a conceptual and practical step in my work and position it more explicitly relative to recent developments in the exact sciences. Central to formulating such a position will be to reflect on the dialogue between humans and technology, focusing on the point where concepts and materials interact. By engaging in a dialogue with devices and the cultures they are part of, I want to open a space of alternative technical possibilities. These are musical, poetic as well as utopian, and form a critique of a purely functional approach to technology.
-By engaging in a dialogue with devices and the cultures they are part of, I want to open a space of alternative technical possibilities. These are musical, poetic as well as utopian, and form a critique of a purely functional approach to technology.+
  
-Positing technology as the other side in a dialogue implies that it has some degree of autonomy. To elucidate this, I am interested in concepts relating to the surprising behaviours of human inventions and artefacts.\\ 
-The archetypal example of such surprising 'otherness' - and at the core of the history of western technology - is perhaps mathematics, when described as the science of unexpected consequences of simple definitions and rules written down by humans. Many mathematicians have written about the autonomy of mathematical objects (Lochak, Lautman, Zalamea), and there are interesting discussions by mathematicians of the role of notation and material realization in mathematical creativity (Chatelet, Rotman). The chaotic systems that were discovered in the 20th century are dramatic examples of the complex and unpredictable behaviours of simple equations (Abrahams, Ueda).\\ 
-A second important track for articulating the concept of a dialogue with technology are ideas about the autonomy of technological development; since the Industrial Revolution there have been many analyses of technology as a dominating or liberating force that is not under the control of humans (Ellul, Winner, Simondon, Marx, Shelley).\\ 
-A third track, relating more directly to practical activities, consists of fairly recent ideas about the role of material agency in science (Pickering, Barad, Rheinberger, Latour). These ideas link to the concept of the posthuman (Stiegler, Hayles, Haraway), non-human semiotics (Uexkull, Hayles, Sebeok, Cariani), studies of serendipity (Merton, van Andel) and implicit types of knowledge (Polanyi, Suchman). 
  
-Practical work in this research project has started from the historic technologies of analog computing and electronic modelingThe medium-term goal of this is to build an analog computer optimized for the synthesis of HD video signals (a project of several years that is now nearing completion) and to make a series of moving-image works that give a voice to the physicality of the systems that produced them.\\ +Having technology as the other side in a dialogue implies that it has some degree of autonomyTo articulate my thoughts about this, I am looking into concepts relating to surprises caused by human inventions and artefacts.\\ 
-The longer-term goal is to use the culture of analog computing and electronic modeling as a vantage point from which to explore the artistic potential of chemistrynanotechnology and other technologies that deal with matter on the molecular scaleThe newest of these technologies tend to be thought as a confluence of nanotechnology, biotechnology and information science, as a form of 'programmed matter'where new material possibilities are opened by controlling individual molecules (Drexler). As a way to formulate an alternative approach, I would like to investigate the concept of 'analogy' in contexts where the word 'program' is usedreferring to a way to think accross patterns occuring in multiple situations without an underlying idea of hierarchy or control between those situations. Because of this I am interested in doing unconventional computingnot as a way to discipline complex physical systems into binary patternsbut as a way to question and undiscipline notions of computation and information.+Mathematics is perhaps the archetypal example of such surprising 'otherness', when described as the science of unexpected consequences of definitions and rules written down by humans. Many mathematicians have written about the autonomy of mathematical objects (Lochak, Lautman, Zalamea)and there are interesting discussions by mathematicians of the role of notation and material realization in mathematical creativity (Chatelet, Rotman). The chaotic systems that were discovered in the 20th century are dramatic examples of the complex and unpredictable behaviours of simple equations (Abrahams, Ueda).\\ 
 +A second important track for thinking about a dialogue with technology are ideas about the autonomy of technological development; since the Industrial Revolution there have been many analyses of technology as a dominating or liberating force that is not under the control of humans (EllulWinner, Simondon, Marx, Shelley).\\ 
 +A third track, relating more directly to practical activities, consists of fairly recent ideas about the agency of materials and devices in science (PickeringBaradRheinberger, Latour). These ideas link to the concept of the posthuman (StieglerHayles, Haraway), non-human semiotics (Uexkull, Hayles, Sebeok, Cariani), studies of encounters and serendipity (MorizotMertonvan Andel) and implicit types of knowledge (Polanyi, Suchman).
  
 +Practical work in this research project has started from the historic technologies of analog computing and electronic modeling. The medium-term goal of this is to build an analog computer optimized for the synthesis of HD video signals (a project of several years that is now nearing completion) and to make a series of moving-image works with it that give a voice to the physicality of the systems that produced them.\\
 +The longer-term goal is to use the culture of analog computing and electronic modeling as a vantage point from which to explore the artistic potential of chemistry, nanotechnology and other technologies that deal with matter on the molecular scale. The newest of such technologies tend to be thought as a confluence of nanotechnology, biotechnology and information science, as a form of 'programmed matter', where new material possibilities are opened by controlling individual molecules (Drexler). As a way to formulate an alternative approach, I would like to investigate replacing the concept of 'program' with 'analogy' in these contexts, evoking a way to think accross patterns occuring in multiple situations without an underlying idea of hierarchy or control between those situations. This has clear links with the practice of unconventional computing, as a means to question and undiscipline notions of computation and information.
  
  
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 ===== presentations and publications ===== ===== presentations and publications =====
  
-  * presentation at Alchemy Filmmaker [[http://alchemyfilmfestival.org.uk/2017/symposium/|symposium]] in Hawick, Scottish Borders (March 2017) +  * presentation at Alchemy Filmmaker [[http://alchemyfilmfestival.org.uk/2017/symposium/|symposium]] in Hawick, Scottish Borders (March 2017). 
-  * [[http://arts.codes/articles/vol1/article5/article.html|article]] about analog computing in Arts.Codes online magazine (May 2017) +  * [[http://arts.codes/articles/vol1/article5/article.html|article]] about analog computing in Arts.Codes online magazine (May 2017). 
-  * presentation at the [[http://www.ens-louis-lumiere.fr/formation/recherche/actualites/au-fil-de-leau/12-13-octobre-2017-colloque-arts-filmiques-a-lens-louis-lumiere.html|symposium]] "Arts Filmiques et Expérimentations Optiques Contemporaines" at the ENS Louis-Lumière in Paris (October 2017)+  * presentation at the [[http://www.ens-louis-lumiere.fr/formation/recherche/actualites/au-fil-de-leau/12-13-octobre-2017-colloque-arts-filmiques-a-lens-louis-lumiere.html|symposium]] "Arts Filmiques et Expérimentations Optiques Contemporaines" at the ENS Louis-Lumière in Paris (October 2017).
   * [[https://iffr.com/en/2018/films/57|premiere]] of #57 at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (January 2018), and a [[http://www.joostrekveld.net/?p=2070|blogpost]] about #57.   * [[https://iffr.com/en/2018/films/57|premiere]] of #57 at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (January 2018), and a [[http://www.joostrekveld.net/?p=2070|blogpost]] about #57.
 +  * artist's talk at the Moscow International Experimental Film Festival (September 2018).
 +  * [[https://vectorhackfestival.com/guests/rekveld/|keynote and artist's presentation]] at the VectorHack Festival in Zagreb and Ljubljana (October 2018).
 +  * [[https://www.eyefilm.nl/en/film/dialogues-with-machines-joost-rekveld?program_id=11851256|Film programme]] curated for the Eye Film Institute in Amsterdam (November 2018).
 +  * artist's talk at the 'Golf' festival, Haarlem (December 2018).
 +  * artist's talk as part of the 'Memoires Vives' exhibition at the Zebrastraat, Ghent (January 2019).
 +  * artist's talk at the Digital Media Program of the Hochschule für Künste Bremen (January 2019).
 +  * exhibition of installation #71.1 during the Sonic Acts festival at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (February 2019).
 +  * artist's talk at Creative Coding Utrecht (May 2019).
 +  * exhibition of (partially reworked) installation #71.1 at iMal in Brussels. (November 2019)
  
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