24 - 27 Sept 2015

Jonathan Reus + Judith van der Elst – Surfing the semiosphere

The senses are a primary source of knowledge and aesthetic experience.

Jonathan Reus + Judith van der Elst – Surfing the semiosphere

Workshop description:

When we think of objects we tend to consider these as static, however all the ‘parts’ that our sensorium groups into ‘wholes’ consist a constant stream of interaction between energy and mass. In this workshop immerse yourself in this sea of signals, signs and symbols.

The senses are a primary source of knowledge and aesthetic experience. Even though in a western way of thinking we have separated these domains into rational and emotional experience, our bodies don’t ‘think’ that way. Exploring different sensory and non-sensory experiences outside in Scheveningen, a world that is continuously re-created by the power of waves, the water, sand, and air, the workshop will expose you to new ways of thinking about the temporality of objects and allow you to learn to surf this sphere.

What to Bring:

Participants should bring recording devices - this is not limited to sound recording, but rather we encourage recording methods for other modalities such as location, wind and weather, temperature - e.g. cameras, smartphone apps (GPS, weather, heartrate, etc) & writing tools.

We will provide geospatial maps of the area for record-keeping as well as some custom mobile biometric sensors.

Apply here info@jonathanreus.com


Judith van der Elst is an anthropologist/archaeologist specialized in humanistic approaches in the geosciences. She received her PhD from the University of New Mexico (USA) for research testing the limitations of spatial information systems for representing and understanding the diversity in human spatial thinking, using the concept of cognitive landscapes. Her work focuses on understanding multimodal perception of the land, through merging embodied learning, sensing technologies, and ubiquitous computing within a biosemiotic framework. Leading a semi-nomadic lifestyle she explores this approach through transdisciplinary collaborations, among others with Urbino University, Aalto University Media Lab: Systems of Representation, and BIoArt society Finland.

Jonathan Reus is an American artist, researcher and educator working at the intersection of art, science and technology. His work takes the live moment as a starting point, using self-made media and instruments to explore time, motion and fragility as they exist within technology. His performances, installations and workshops cross freely between performance art, composition and time-based research.

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