Jonas Lund

Prototype for Significant Other, Jonas Lund, 2018.Courtesy of the Artist




Televic, Budafabriek, Provincie West-Vlaanderen

Gluon invited artist Jonas Lund for a residency at the Belgian tech company Televic. Televic develops, manufactures and installs top end high-tech communication systems for specific niche markets.

Under the title Significant Other Jonas Lund developed, in collaboration with the experts of Televic, a new project that explores the on-going real-time networked exchange and communication of alternating views between humans and machines.

How each one of us sees the world is made up of a wide range of reasons and explanations, from nature towards nurture, we create a foundation of beliefs that guides us through life and inform our decision- making processes. In today’s current political climate, it’s becoming increasingly more difficult to be able to determine what is – if it even exists – an objective ‘truth’. We rely on third party sources to inform us and established media that gives us to discover events. No matter how unbiased it is meant to be portrayed as, everything you see, touch and read is informed by your own personal understanding of the world and your own personal bias. As the idiom says, “Before you judge a man, walk a mile in his shoes”. Can the networked opportunities enable this exchange of perspectives and views of the world in a more expanded way?

The outcome is a series of networked pieces that make use of state-of- the-art machine learning algorithms and a variety of different input sensors to capture its surroundings. The resulting device offers opportunities to view the world through a new perspective, informed by the locations where each of the networked devices are placed and by the data collected, and conclusions drawn from the device itself.

About Jonas Lund

Jonas Lund (b. 1984, Sweden) creates paintings, sculptures, pictures, websites and performances that critically reflect on contemporary networked systems and technological innovations.

He earned an MA at Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam (2013) and a BFA at Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam (2009). He has had solo exhibitions at Whitechapel Art Gallery (London), Steve Turner (Los Angeles), Växjö Konsthall Sweden, Boetzelaer|Nispen (Amsterdam), Showroom MAMA (Rotterdam), New Museum (New York), and has had work included in numerous group exhibitions including at Carrol/Fletcher (London), ZKM (Karlsruhe), Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven), Witte De With (Rotterdam), and more.

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