In order not to become a houseplant I examin wild plants. Their survival strategies in adaptation, growth and distribution are an important source of inspiration for my work that, like weeds, grows between tiles, survives on infertile soil and invades landscaped gardens.'
Til, J. van der (2019). Garden and metaphor. Do I understand my garden? Groningen, The Netherlands: Rhizomebook.
Jan van der Til uses abstract processes from nature such as growth, self-regulation and species spreading to develop theoretical frameworks for his work with which he acts against one-dimensional thinking.
His work - always titled Book followed by a Roman serial number - is shown (inter)nationally in galleries and museums. In order to be less dependent on institutes, he increasingly uses the internet (no social media) to show and further develop his work. Sustainability and the use of raw materials as little as possible also play a role in this.
Since 2021, he has been investing a lot of time in the crypto space, delving into the world of DeFi and the ever-expanding possibilities of blockchain technology. In addition, he is a director and advisor in various local and national nature organizations and manages a museum collection of modernist industrial design.
Concepts of work / Further reading
- The original of each work is digital its material manifestation is a copy / interpretation / imitation / interpretation / translation that is not bound to a fixed (presentation) form or production amount.
- The title 'Book' is synonymous with work and indicates that it is a bundling of information that can be read, stored, reproduced, distributed and presented.
- All technical and aesthetic choices in a material manifestation are linked to the context in which the work is shown.
- Because the meaning (outcome) differs per material manifestation, only the outcome is dated, the original is not.
- The work is rhizomatic in every respect, all information about a work is integral part of the work.
- The development and production of both the original and the material manifestation protects the environment as much as possible.
- The material manifestation does not have to be preserved, preservation is only necessary if this is advantageous with respect to the environment.
- The work waives copyright if this leads to greed, hinders the exchange of knowledge / creativity, deprives the possibility of criticism or leads to hypocrisy.
- The original is not for sale and unlike the material manifestation of the work, it is not a possession.
- It is possible to deviate from one of the concepts above, but only if this does not lead to contradiction with any of the other concepts.