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 human selfhood is explored in its evolutionary context. By drawing a parallel with the animal, the set of constraints we are subjected to become more apparent. 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