In the Attachment: Theo Jansen University- The Breeding Farm

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Theo Jansen University, Animaris Geneticus Parvus, 2011 15 X 25 X 21 Cm © Courtesy of the Artist and Galerie Akinci
In the Attachment: Theo Jansen University- The Breeding Farm

Lijnbaansgracht 317
1017 WZ Amsterdam
April 2nd, 2011 - May 7th, 2011
Opening: April 2nd, 2011 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Museum Area
+31 (0) 20 638 0480
Tue-Sat 1-6


In our Attachment Space Theo Jansen will show some new developments on his Beach Animals. They have started to procreate and the result will be available.

We are happy to invite you to the opening of Theo Jansen University - The Breeding Farm, in our Attachment space on saturday April 2nd, 5 - 7 pm.

Theo Jansen
(b. Scheveningen, 1948) wants to create 'life', and he figures the best way to do it is from scratch. As a scientist-turned-artist Theo Jansen is evolving an entirely new line of animals: immense multi-legged walking critters designed to roam the Dutch coastline, feeding on gusts of wind. These Strandbeests have their roots in a computer program that he designed 17 years ago. Their 'protein' consists of plastic tubes, at the time chosen because they were cheap , but in fact turned out to be the ideal material to create artificial life.

Theo Jansen always had an utopian vision of the procreation of his Strandbeests. It would involve feeding tubes to the animals in order to create new Strandsbeests. Reality has run up with fantasy, because the Strandbeest did procreate, although Jansen did not notice it at first.

At Theo Jansen University presented at AKINCI procreation has become even more rapid with the introduction of 3d printing. Bo Janzen and Tim Bentley are faithful disciples of Theo Jansen who show the result of the transformation of zeros and ones into matter. Ad Lakerveld is another follower who is investigating the leg mechanism and has found a new combination of lengths of the tubes.  Finally, the Japanese designer Shigeru Nagaoka has created a mini-strandbeests-kit, which enables the visitor to play their own role in the evolution of the Strandbeests.

Theo Jansen has had shows in, Maraikan Museum Tokyo (2010), Science Museum, Seoul South Korea (2010), Hibya, Tokyo, Japan (2009), Reina Sophia Museum Madrid (2007), Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams (Mass.), USA (2007),Institute of Contemporary Art, The Mall, London (2006), Kunsthal, Rotterdam(2003), and Centraal Museum Utrecht (1996).
Theo Jansen will have a show at Oita City Art Museum Ueno Oita Japan (2011) and will be awarded with the honorary doctorate at Concordia University Montreal. From May 26 – 29, 2011 he will Try Out ‘Animaris Gubernare’ at Strandpaviljoen De Fuut silent beach south of the harbor of The Hague (Den Haag)

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