Saturday, December 13, 2008

Theo Jansen's: STRANDBEEST

Large kinetic sculptures that resemble skeletons are able to walk using the wind on the beaches of the Netherlands.
Theo Jansen, who was born in the Netherlands; and is an artist & an inventor, creates the artificial life.
His “New Nature” is created with the use of algorithms (method of precise instructions made to produce a task) that imitate evolution within these codes. These codes don’t always produce a definite result, so the reaction could be random. But the algorithms are used to solve a range of problems that can come up, including malfunctions with the artwork.


The skeletons, which are able to walk on the wind, are all put together by plastic electrical conduit. The main focus for the algorithms is to help the creations survive on the beach against nature. They are “programmed” to survive on the beach while moving around within two lines: the wet sand near the ocean and the dry sand at the edge of the beach. And over time, these skeletons have become better-n-better at surviving the elements (storms and waves), and eventually Jansen’s goal is to have HERDS of these creations on the beaches.


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