Введение

ВведениеAwesome Creatures

Theo Jansen (Netherlands, 1948) is world-renowned for creating his famous Strandbeest – beach beasts –, animal-like kinetic sculptures comprised of plastic tubing that were conceived to move with the winds of Dutch beaches. Possessing the hybrid profile of a physicist with artistic inclination, whilst also fascinated by the Theory of Evolution, Jansen began to develop these “lifeforms” in 1990. The idea is borne from his reflections upon a possible flooding of the Dutch coastline, when he imagines a being capable of inhabiting and protecting the beaches. The result was the creation of these surprising creatures, which over time have evolved, improving their qualities.

The construction and assembly system of the Strandbeest is enormously complex, but the mechanical complexity is reached with extremely simple and humble materials and tools: plastic tubes and bottles, adhesive tape, heat guns… With these tools, Jansen manages to develop and improve the capabilities of his sculptural animals, who have evolved to rise, walk with the winds, weather storms, accumulate energy in their “stomachs”, achieve self-propulsion, and even acquire something akin to a brain.

In over two decades, Jansen has accomplished creating a great family of amazing creatures to which he has given personalized Latin-origin names that speak to each ones virtues and qualities. This species is distributed by Jansen in seven evolutionary periods which refer to the stages and degree of autonomy the beasts have achieved.

This exhibition presents eight Strandbeest from different evolutionary period: six fossils and two living creatures. One of them, a last-generation creature, will be animated at preset times to wander through the exhibition space.

Theo Jansen (Netherlands, 1948) is world-renowned for creating his famous Strandbeest –beach beasts –, animal-like kinetic sculptures comprised of plastic tubing that were conceived to move with the winds of Dutch beaches. Possessing the hybrid profile of a physicist with artistic inclination, whilst also fascinated by the Theory of Evolution, Jansen began to develop these “lifeforms” in 1990. The idea is borne from his reflections upon a possible flooding of the Dutch coastline, when he imagines a being capable of inhabiting and protecting the beaches. The result was the creation of these surprising creatures, which over time have evolved, improving their qualities.

The construction and assembly system of the Strandbeest is enormously complex, but the mechanical complexity is reached with extremely simple and humble materials and tools: plastic tubes and bottles, adhesive tape, heat guns… With these tools, Jansen manages to develop and improve the capabilities of his sculptural animals, who have evolved to rise, walk with the winds, weather storms, accumulate energy in their “stomachs”, achieve self-propulsion, and even acquire something akin to a brain.

In over two decades, Jansen has accomplished creating a great family of amazing creatures to which he has given personalized Latin-origin names that speak to each ones virtues and qualities. This species is distributed by Jansen in seven evolutionary periods which refer to the stages and degree of autonomy the beasts have achieved.

This exhibition presents eight Strandbeest from different evolutionary period: six fossils and two living creatures. One of them, a last-generation creature, will be animated at preset times to wander through the exhibition space. 

 

Credits

Musepgraphy adaptation: Paloma Oliveira & La Negra Brand

Soundscape artist: Jaime Lobato

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