Jonas Ersland · digital artist and photographer
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Jonas Ersland designs ways of depicting current issues through photographic interventions and interactive experiences. Through a visual language of empathy and familiarity, he explores the human side of a range of subjects: technology, identity and our impact on a changing society.

He studied graphic design at Westerdals Oslo ACT, and Food Non Food at the Design Academy Eindhoven. He lives and works in Berlin.

+31 681050060 · jonasersland@gmail.com · Instagram
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Thanks for showing your face · Info
Thanks for Showing Your Face is an installation that took place at Morphin in Berlin, and consisted of a face-detecting camera collecting images of all the visitors’ faces – which was printed in a little booklet during the course of the evening. The booklet was then handed out to all the people present, as a little souvenir of the moment they all shared. Face detection technology has a pretty bad reputation, and understandably so – but to plainly write it off as ‘evil technology' is ignorant at best, and doesn’t solve any of the real issues associated with it. As designers and artists, we need to challenge this notion by proposing a more nuanced and transparent side of the tech that surrounds us. After all, technology only as malicious as the intentions of the people who use ut. How can evil technology be used for a nice cause?
Monuments of the plastic age · Info
The discarded plastic bag is a picture on our complicated relationship with plastic. Plastic is a finite, irreplaceable material that will virtually last for hundreds of years ‐ and it's damaging for the ecosystems it's allowed into. Yet, it's treated as our most discardable material, reflected in the kind of products it's produced from, as well as how we treat it.

In Monuments of the Plastic Age I've visited discarded plastic bags in the tall grass and bushes where they eventually end up. With a frame resembling the clamp used in early 19th century photography to hold the person's head still, I'm photographing them in the context where this plastic story becomes real. The frame is a photographic tool, but it's also a way of raising small monuments where these plastic bags keep living on.
Public Waiters · Info
As food delivery services like Deliveroo and Foodora grows, spontaneous meeting points are being formed in cities: places where the deliverers come together to wait for new orders. These urban waiting spots could be considered a physical manifestation of the gig economy.

Using a colour tracking camera that detects the worker's uniforms, Public Waiters is a video series of food deliverers waiting in public space, observed through the lens of the algorithm. The video series aims to expose the growing significance of these spaces, while also questioning new forms of automated labour.
Instagram · Info
Ongoing experimentation with digital photography and animation.
Cheek Kisses · Info
Cheek kisses is a series of butt prints from a public toilet at the Amsterdam Central Station. Using fine charcoal powder, a soft brush and sticky foil, I'm collecting traces from people who have been sitting on the same public toilet seat. The result is a documentation of unseen intimacy in public space - an image of all the strangers indirectly touching butts every day.
It's Hip to Pee Square · Info
Observing the spots where people normally pee in public space, I've prepared geometrical shapes of invisible wax on the ground, which naturally contain the urine. The unexpected shape lets the pee stain become a part of the surrounding architecture - raising them from marks of vandalism to symbols of public appropriation.