I am fascinated by natural-grown structures appearing chaotic at first sight but truly following a clear system. The piece “Digitalism is Dead” is an expression of this admiration. The dots flip in irregular patterns showing their black and white side, creating united areas or popping up in a stark contrast to the environment. Without software working in the background, the movements originate in a pure analog process. Because of overlapping magnet fields, the pixels are flipping. The diversity of possible magnetic overlaps allows no repetition of a structure, so every moment is singular, unpredictable, chaotic, and in order at the same time.
Jan Bernstein (b. 1982, Berlin, Germany) mainly focuses on the combination of technical construction with creative work in his artistic expression. During his studies at the Burg Giebichenstein in Halle an der Saale in industrial design he created the first mechanical-moving works, which represent the change from design to fine art. After first exhibition projects, inter alia at the Museum of Modern Art in Istanbul and the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt, he founded the artist collective Quadrature in 2013, which was dedicated to the connection between the analogue and digital world. Quadrature participated in various festivals, received international prizes and invitations to residencies. Since Bernstein’s withdrawal of Quadrature in 2016, he began to work as an independent artist with the focus on analogue work. Jan Bernstein lives and works in Berlin.