Theo Jansen: Artificial Forms of Life

English (Translation into Russian)

Dutch inventor and philosopher will talk about his living sculptures, that was created at the intersection of art, science and technology

The first event in the “Polytech at Strelka” series will be the lecture by Dutch artist and sculpture Theo Jansen.

Theo Jansen is an inventor and philosopher who created the famous Strandbeests, forms of life made of hundreds of PVC tubes. The artist uses PVC tubes to assemble artificial sandy beach beasts that can walk along the coastline, store air pressure of the wind and, furthermore, are even able to detect obstacles like water and dunes. Theo Jansen places his animals on the coast, so that people visiting Dutch beaches can see how his creations continue to live their own lives. The name of these creatures – “beasts” – is not accidental. It was given to them by the artist himself who wanted to emphasize the importance of simulation of natural evolution. Through his lectures, Theo Jansen aims to convince the audience that technologies like the one that he uses to create artificial forms of life are not just inventor’s fancy; they are a new stage of evolution.

The exhibition of Theo Jansen’s famous works will be opened directly following the lecture at Strelka at the All-Russia Exhibition Center as part of the Festival of Science, organized by the Polytechnic Museum.

The lecture is a part of Polytech at Strelka collaborative educational programme created by the Polytechnic Museum and the Strelka Institute. The program will include a series of events dedicated to popular science and new developments in contemporary art at the intersection where science, architecture and visual art collide. From May through September 2014, the Strelka Institute will host public lectures and seminars on science-art, as well as multiple activities for curators, artists and museum professionals.