Technium is a site-specific art installation. Within the installation Esser created plant-like structures, moving on electronic impulses. The installation combines references to our natural environment with an electronic system. Esser questions the behavior of objects and materials through manipulation with electronic systems. With Technium, Esser uses audio equipment to animate lifeless materials.Digital audio processing uses memory to set an arrangement of electric charges which go to a speaker. The speaker membrane functions like an artificial muscle which create movement by the every electronic charge. Although the materials move by an artificial process, does this make it less natural than a biological plant?
Satelles is a series of sound-sculptures. The sculptures consist out of electronics and hand-made ceramic sound conductors. Every sculpture has its own memory bank combining sounds that ware recorded from the cooling down process of the ceramics in combination with generated noisescapes. The partly recorded partly generated sounds change due to the acoustic characteristics of the ceramic conductors and therefore every sculpture has its own unique sound.
Satelles uses sound to create an everchanging relation between the object, space and the spectator. It reveals in a subtle way how these things are bound to each other.
Reverberation shows a relation between different worlds; the world of sound, the world of analog electronics and the world of object and form. Reverberation creates a subtle interplay between these worlds.
“Mono Culture” reflects on what is natural and what is not. In this work Jochem contemplates; what qualifies to be alive? If a plant is dependent on technological systems to live in an environment, does this mean these systems are part of the organism itself? Does life have to be biological? Can a synthetic autonomous system be alive as well?
image 1: Mono Culture- 2017 location: Rai ,Amsterdam
image 2: Mono Culture- 2017 location: Rai ,Amsterdam
image 3: Mono Culture (detail) - 2017 location: Rai ,Amsterdam