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Concept, photography and text:
Rob van Hoesel
NPN Printers (NL)
There is one place in particular where our fingers are performing choreographies that were unknown just a few years ago. A place where the physical world merges into a virtual world, the reversible into the irreversible, and the controllable into the uncontrollable. A place that is also a symbol of our compulsive desire to be connected all the time, and of our new internal struggle: How much of our privacy are we willing to sacrifice?
In Battlefields, Jos Jansen’s (NL) third book with The Eriskay Connection, photography is used as a forensic-scientific tool to examine our compulsive desire to be connected at all times and our struggle between our private and public life. The publication contains 10 monumental images that Jansen made of screen-surfaces of smartphones and tablets.
Clicks, taps, pinches and swipes. Traces of human behaviour are left like a battlefield.
Jos Jansen is a Dutch visual artist whose work spans image-making, writing, research and psychology. His chief concerns include learning to see where people’s boundaries lie, especially in relation to technology, science and nature. His work was published and exhibited in the Netherlands, Spain, France, Belgium, United Kingdom, Russia, Japan, the United States and South Korea. Some Way Out of Here is Jansen’s sixth book published by The Eriskay Connection.