Jan Adriaans graduated MA at the Dutch Art Institute and succeeded a course on ‘Posthumanism’ as part of a Master program American Literature at the University Leiden. In his work, Jan Adriaans compares ecological and social systems and patterns, to question the idea of the independent operating entity.
Through video and performance Adriaans’ explores human selfhood in its evolutionary context. By drawing a parallel with the animal, the set of constraints we are subjected to become more apparent, the construction of subjectivity, and emergence of a sense of agency as a property of the self. If we take these constraints into account, how can we redefine human agency, will, and control?
“Selfhood is tyrannical precisely insofar as it is merely a congerie of drives. The act supplants the tyranny of the impulsive self with the rule of the subject. But it is the act itself that is subject. It is no-one’s.” Ray Brassier
The artist explores his interest in the contingency and predictability human, monitored and quantified. Models and algorithms are able to capture some of human irrational, impulsive behavior, compressed into simplified calculations and formulas. Models are not placed in context, they create context. Art has the ability to make these abstractions tangible in aesthetics and in the analogy of resonating mechanisms.