Jonathan Reus

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Disciplines: Mediakunstenaar, Mixed media/interdisciplinair kunstenaar, Performancekunstenaar

Omschrijving werk


iMac Music
Titel iMac Music
Jaartal 2012
Omschrijving Using "vintage" iMac G3 computers as raw operating material, performers create a sonic and visual interpretation of the internal processes of the computer by hacking the electronics directly using fine-tipped sound amplifying probe instruments. An image of the computer desktop is projected, which takes on surreal and impressionistic qualities as malfunctions occur. Software routines are set into motion which translate into driving sonic polyrhythms, clicks and digital tones, as well as producing further visual dynamics within the failing and operationally confused system.
Techniek performance, audiovisual
Titel Displace2.0
Jaartal 2012
Omschrijving A large-scale installation exploring non-representational sensory experiences, inspired by the sensory anthropology of David Howes. Three rooms, each providing a distinct sensory experience of light, sound, taste, and smell, give a phenomenological narrative for the audience. Displace 2.0 is one of a series of experiments carried out as part of the research project ‘Mediations of Sensation’. This programme was developed by Chris Salter, David Howes and TeZ with the generous support of the Fonds de recherche Québec Societé et Culture (FRQSC). Working with: Chris Salter, TeZ, David Howes, Jorg Hempenius, Harry Smoak, David Szanto and Caro Verbeek Upon entering the space the audience removes their shoes and is presented with a salty-sweet ingestible, they enter a room of complete darkness and moisture-free air. The floor covered in rock salt and presents a tactile experience for the feet. As the audience moves forward their motions subtly trigger a specially-designed soundscape projected from two parabolic speakers in such a way that the sound reflects off the walls of the space as if coming from everywhere and nowhere. The soundscape works in tandem with two 3000 watt strobe lights to create a sense of sensory disorientation.
Techniek immersive media, installation
Cartographies of Human Sensation
Titel Cartographies of Human Sensation
Jaartal 2016
Omschrijving As part of their research project Cartographies of Human Sensation, artists Jonathan Reus and Sissel Marie Tonn create worn instruments for exploring the natural environment of Madeira. The instruments, a combination of gloves, armbands and more elaborate contraptions, use portable biometric sensing technology (heart rate and galvanic skin measurements) to subtly alert the wearer to how their body non-consciously interacts with the events of the natural world. During a two-week residency in Madeira, Sissel and Jonathan spent time in the Laurisilva forests of Madeira with these instruments on a mission to collect and classify their sensations of this timeless natural environment in the form of biometric data records. The initial showcase of this work consisted of data recordings exhibited alongside the catalog of natural flora and fauna specimens at the Jardim Botanico of Madeira, as a contemporary entry into their collection.
Techniek performance, art-science, sound
Jaartal 2015
Omschrijving Semiospherics is an art-science research collaboration with anthropologist/archeologist Judith van der Elst. The project seeks to speculate on the creation of technological instruments for the creation of alternative (non-linear) cartographies based on the flux and flow of human sensations of the environment. The work is largely based on the idea of the semiosphere, a concept arising from the marriage of sensory anthropology and semiotics that attempts to construct a culture's worldview based on the nature and importance of sensory signals in the environment, be it natural or man-made. The work consists of a series of sensory cartographic exercises using biometric sensors and speculative instrumentation as field tools for capturing the act of sensation, and the process by which sensation becomes meaning.
Techniek new media, art-science, intervention
Satellite Skin
Titel Satellite Skin
Jaartal 2014
Omschrijving Using abandoned communications techniques developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the 1990’s, Satellite Skin uses the electrical qualities of the human body to explore sensations of touch and presence. The work consists of an apparatus of two electric-field generating platforms and an arrangement of microphone-speaker pairs in the space. When two people become part of the energy fields, pathways are formed for ambient sound from the spatial microphones to pass through their bodies and be amplified and played back into the space through the hanging speakers. Changes in the relationships of the bodies to each-other and to the space cause disturbances in the electrostatic energy fields, creating swelling acoustic feedback (Larsen tones) in the Space. At the closest levels of contact between bodies the signal begins to distort, introducing digital artefacts and transforming the resultant feedback tones from soft and supple to chaotic. The artwork is presented as an interactive stage for the performance of choreographed "electro-sonic" vignettes, but also as a sensory instrument for use by a public audience.
Techniek art-science, performance
Autonomic Resonance 2
Titel Autonomic Resonance 2
Jaartal 2014
Omschrijving Immersive experience for four audience members, sitting in a sensory stimulation apparatus of colored light and sound. The audience members sit in a completely dark space, facing one another, and are presented with brief, bright flashes of colored light, leaving retinal afterimages of one another for only a brief moment. The audience members are guided through a game of psychological mirroring activities, while a live stream of biometric data comes from the four participants and is used to drive the stimulus machine.
Techniek new media, performance, art-science
Autonomic Resonance
Titel Autonomic Resonance
Jaartal 2014
Omschrijving A performance playing with the subterranean dynamics of the performer's body sensing. Biofeedback sensors traditionally used in psychology and cognition research are used to measure non-conscious responses in two performers engaged in an improvised duet. The biometric signals are streamed live into a musical artifical intelligence, giving the performers a third presence, the coherence of their own unconscious dynamics, as a partner in the performance. The two performers must quickly learn to be aware of their own non-conscious psychobiological reactions to the act of co-improvisation, and also to use this presence as a collaborative instrument.
Techniek new media, biofeedback, performance
Affect in Urbana
Titel Affect in Urbana
Jaartal 2014
Omschrijving Two participants are blindfolded and taken on a series of guided sensory walks through urban space. Through the walks they wear specially designed awareness instruments that translate their non-conscious bodily responses to stimuli into perceptible but subtle sound patterns. Through the course of the walks the participants become attuned to the psychobiological ebb and flow of urban space, their instinctive reaction to sounds, smells and the pathways of familiar streets. They are whispered to, held by the hand, and experience the sensorium of the city while also perceiving themselves sensing. This work was developed together with Dutch media theorist Eric Kluitenberg as part of his workshop on affective flows in public space.
Techniek new media, audience participatory interv
Recycled Computer Music
Titel Recycled Computer Music
Jaartal 2013
Omschrijving Recycled Computer Music is a sound installation constructed from four discarded office computers. Through a patchwork system of interconnected circuitry, the four machines are able to interfere with and disrupt each other's operation, eventually leading to failure. The installation is accompanied by a textured wall of sound, created directly from the computer hardware through direct amplification of the circuitry as it runs choreographed software routines. The sound texture presents a direct and encompassing sensory impression of routine computation. The machines are arranged in a dark, quiet space, their inner components arranged upon a table for inspection. Visitors are welcome to run their favorite software, such as firefox or VLC, on the machines as a way of creating machine vocalizations and visual confusion.
Techniek installation

Omschrijving werk


Kunstenaarsnaam/alias Jonathan Brodsky


Erkende vakopleiding

Academie / instituut & plaats studierichting / specialisatie periode van / tot diploma
Den Haag, Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten ArtScience Masters 2012-2014 J

Andere opleiding

Instituut / docent & plaats (studie)richting periode van / tot
University of Florida Digital Art and Science / Mathematics 2000-2005

Overige gegevens

Lid van Beroeps / Kunstenaarsvereniging iii (Instrument Inventors Initiative)
Deelnemer van Kunstenaarsinitiatief Platform for Thought in Motion

Curriculum vitae


jaartal naam tentoonstellingsruimte korte omschrijving solo / duo / groep
2016 SIGN, Groningen installation / In Praise of Shadows exhibition GROEP
2015 Media Lab Prado, Madrid, ES performance/installation @ International Metabody Forum GROEP
2015 Sin Pin Pier Gallery, Kaohsiung, TW installation / In Praise of Shadows exhibition GROEP
2015 STUK kunstencentrum, Leuven, BE performance @ ARTEFACT Festival SOLO
2014 Rotterdam Film Festival, Rotterdam, NL performance @ Mind the Gap Nights SOLO
2014 Royal Academy of Art, Den Haag, NL KABK Graduation Festival GROEP
2013 De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam, NL performance @ Fiber Coded Matter(s) #2 SOLO
2013 PB43, Copenhagen, DK performance @ Re-new Festival SOLO
2013 Former TAG Project Space, Den Haag, NL installation @ TodaysArt Festival GROEP
2013 Ateliers de Bitche, Nantes, FR performance/installation @ Electropixel Festival SOLO


naam plaats & land
Instrument Inventors Initiative (iii) Den Haag, NL


jaartal instelling titel & typering project
2015 Vrije Academy, GEMAK The Reading Room series artist initiative
2014 nomadic Food&Proof series artist initiative
2014 Het Nutshuis, Den Haag Ogen/blik performance evening
2013 Korzo theater, Den Haag Spheres symposium on hybrid art and science symposium

Internationale uitwisseling

jaartal instelling
2016 Konvent.0 / Hangar, Barcelona
2015 Residency @ MOKS Artspace, Mooste, EE
2013 APO33, Nantes
2013 Multimadeira Festival, Funchal
2011 NK, Berlin


jaartal titel publicatie uitgever / samensteller, plaats typering
2014 No Patent Pending: Self-made Performative Media MER Paper Kunsthalle Book
2013 Zijn nerds de nieuwe avant garde van de kunst? Motherboard Online magazine

Prijzen en stipendia

jaartal instantie, plaats omschrijving
2014 York University, Toronto, CA Sonic Effect Seed Prize
2014 Den Haag, NL Stroom Invest Grant
2009 US Dept. of State, New York, USA Fulbright Research Grant

Artistieke nevenactiviteiten

nevenactiviteit van tot
Teaching - Institute for Culture and Aesthetics of Digital Media, Hamburg, DE 2015 2016
Teaching - ArtEZ Academy for the Arts, Arnhem, NL 2014 2016
Teaching - Hogeschool voor de Kunst, Utrecht, NL 2012 2013
Teaching - Amsterdam Conservatory, Amsterdam, NL 2012 2013
Curation / Artist Residencies - STEIM, Amsterdam, NL 2010 2013