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Koyaanisqatsi - VU Art Science gallery x Rialto VU

Influential cult film that focuses the relationship between nature, humans and technology in hypnotic images without words but with music (by Philip Glass).

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Deze voorstelling maakt deel uit van Rialto Filmclub met als gastspreker deze maand Ernst-Jan Pfauth.

The film will introduced by artist Simon Keizer. His work focuses on how the relationship with our body is determined through history and culture. He makes installations, sculptures and performances that create new perspective on the human relationship with the body. Keizer uses repetitive rituals and humour to get out of the mind and into the body. His work The Man with Ten Faces and a Hundred Arms is part of  Some Body, the third exhibition at the VU ART SCIENCE gallery.


The influential Koyaanisqatsi, which has now achieved cult film status, contains no dialogue for the simple reason, says director Godfrey Reggio, that language no longer describes the world we live in. In this visual poem, Reggio juxtaposes images with music - written by Philip Glass. The title is a word used by Hopi Indians in the US to name a life out of balance. This film is the first and by far the best-known part of the Qatsi trilogy, which further consists of Powaqqatsi (1988) and Naqoyqatsi (2002). Geofrey Reggio co-wrote the screenplay with Ron Fricke, who is also responsible for the hypnotic images as cameraman. The credits list Francis Ford Coppola as one of the producers.

Central to this film is the relationship between nature, humans and technology. Reggio depicts that relationship with slow motion and time lapse images shot in the US of imposing landscapes and all possible forms of human intervention: mining installations, skyscrapers, artificial lakes, power lines, rocket launches, and so on.

This programme was created in collaboration with VU Art Science Gallery.

Before the screening, between 18:45 – 19:15, it’s possible to visit VU ART SCIENCE GALLERY and the exhibition Some Body.