Concepts of Work is a mission statement by Jan van der Til, in which he presents his ideas, views and beliefs about his work in a number of concise points. Its purpose is to challenge his own work and introduce new ideas.
Concepts of work
- The original form of each work is digital, and any physical manifestation of it - whether a copy, interpretation, imitation, or translation - is not fixed to a particular form or quantity of production.
- The term ‘work’ is synonymous with ‘book’ and refers to a collection of information that can be read, stored, reproduced, distributed, and presented.
- All technical and aesthetic choices in a physical manifestation are linked to the context in which the work is presented.
- Since the meaning or outcome of a work differs depending on its physical manifestation, only the outcome is dated; the original is not.
- The work is rhizomatic in every respect, and all information about the work is an integral part of it.
- The development and production of both the original and its physical manifestation should protect the environment as much as possible
- Preservation of the physical manifestation of the work is not required.
- The work forfeits copyright protection if such protection leads to greed, hinders the exchange of knowledge and creativity, deprives the possibility of criticism, or leads to hypocrisy.
- The original is not for sale, and unlike the physical manifestation of the work, it is not a possession.
- It is possible to deviate from any one of these concepts, but only if doing so does not contradict any of the others.