216 × 321 mm
Jos Jansen’s artistic work interrogates the relationship between people, science, technology and nature. In Universe, he visually examines fascinating and groundbreaking research topics in the ‘beta domain’, such as gravitational waves, new galaxies, soft robotic matter and the latest DNA technology. In this almost incomprehensible world, Jansen constructs a parallel and artistic universe, using his own images, found footage, and data visualisations.
Universe is a book full of traces referring to a world where science, fantasy and art meet. It’s about the unobstructed pursuit of seemingly useless knowledge. About facts in an era of ‘alternative facts’ and long-term thinking in a time full of short-term distractions, driven by curiosity, freedom and imagination.
Jansen’s ability to establish in-depth contacts with executives and scientists enables him to gain access to the inner workings of hightech research labs and scientific conglomerates of companies and institutes. He connects his personal fascination with science and technology with the desire to make meaningful visual material. His background as a psychologist is reflected in his eye for the human presence in his projects. Universe is a richly layered book that connects the mysticism of fundamental research with essential basic knowledge in an accessible way.
The Universe project evolved from a documentary assignment commissioned by the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts (AFK) and the Amsterdam City Archives. The images for this project were captured at Amsterdam Science Park (University of Amsterdam, Nikhef, Amolf, CWI, ARCNL, Surfsara, Equinix and others).
Including essays by Prof. Robbert Dijkgraaf and Jos Jansen. Dijkgraaf is Director of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey (US), one of the world’s leading centres for theoretical research and intellectual inquiry.
Universe will be Jansen’s fourth book to be published with The Eriskay Connection, following Battlefields (2015), Seeds (2014) and Entering the black box (2012).
About the Artist
Jos Jansen (NL) is a visual artist. He holds a master’s degree in psychology from Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands. In addition, he studied documentary photography and film at AKV|St. Joost, Academy for Art and Design in the Netherlands (BA and MA). He obtained his bachelor’s degree with honours (cum laude) in 2012.
Jansen’s work spans image-making (photography, film and data visualisation), writing, investigative journalism, psychology and philosophy. His chief concerns include learning to see where people’s boundaries lie, especially in relation to technology, science and nature. Do we still control technology – or does technology control us?
Although he takes reality as a starting point, his narratives intend to be personal and subjective, bridging the divide between reality and fiction, and between art and documentary. Photo books, writings, exhibitions and video installations are favourite media to present his work.
About the Publisher
The Eriskay Connection is a Dutch studio for book design and an independent publisher. We focus on contemporary storytelling at the intersection of photography, research and writing. In close collaboration with authors we make books as autonomous bodies of work that provide us with new and necessary insights into the world around us. The key for us is to convey the essence of their work through high quality editing, design and production. Our editions are mainly offset printed and bound in The Netherlands and we strive to work with local producers and sustainable materials as much as possible.