Jan Adriaans

                                          Bio / Resume

In my work I’m revealing the fallacy of the idea of the human as an independently operating entity or free subject, and I show it as an illusion. By drawing a parallel with the animal, the set of constraints we are subjected to become more apparent. The human self can be seen as an organism without real free will, but with the capacity to form narratives as a political force.

   My work contains video, sound and performative work, as well as writing. For me capturing modes of behaviour within specific power relations is an attempt to cut through to the overlap of social and neurological patterns and abstractions. This is where thought and an idea of one owns identity emerges. Art can make these patterns tangible and detectible through its aesthetic representations.


“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



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