For one of our Features Talkshows, commissioned by the MINT Programme (Maatschappelijke Impact Nieuwe Technologie) of the Provincie Zuid Holland we asked artist Jakob de Jonge to develop a work that could support the discussions and reflection on our current high-tech society. We decided to start a co-production period where we visited Jakob in his studio several times over a 6 month period to discuss what the essential problem is leading up to a series of options for the final piece. The work he created is called Habitat. A large, powerful painting capturing the elements of nature, technology and society while showing us the tension that exists between them.
Eventually, the work was first shown during the Festival van de Toekomst on November 10th, 2016,
About the artist: Jakob de Jonge in a Dutch artist based in the Hague, the Netherlands and has been working on a consistent commission based painting portfolio for over a decade. Apart from being a painter, he is also active in human rights and peace building with his own organization The Hague Peace Projects, which brings together diaspora from conflict areas in order to initiate dialogue and develop peaceful solutions. In his paintings he reflects on our modern society and expresses the paradoxical tension between hope and fear, ideal and reality, belief and cynicism, honesty and hypocrisy.