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Strandbeest Evolution

Published on Jun 4, 2013 by theo jansen
YouTube: strandbeest evolution
Numerous specimen of the Strandbeest evolution on music of Khachaturian's Spartacus.
It open the archives of fossils. Theo Jansen's work since 1990. He tries to make new forms of live on beaches. His animals get their energy from the wind so they don't have to eat. In the future he wants to put out in herds.

Wikipedia: Theo Jansen
Theodorus Gerardus Jozef "Theo" Jansen (b 1948) is a Dutch artist. In 1990, he began building large mechanisms out of PVC that are able to move on their own, known only as Strandbeest. The kinetic sculptures appear to walk.[1] His animated works are intended to be a fusion of art and engineering, and he has said that "The walls between art and engineering exist only in our minds." He strives to equip his creations with their own artificial intelligence so they can avoid obstacles such as the sea by changing course when one is detected.

The Strandbeest
Jansen has been creating Strandbeest (Dutch: strand=beach; beest=beast), wind-walking examples of what Jansen suggests is a kind of artificial life, since 1990. What was at first a rudimentary "breed" has slowly evolved with the aid of evolutionary computation techniques[5] into a generation of machines that to some degree are able to react to their environment: "over time, these skeletons have become increasingly better at surviving the elements such as storms and water, and eventually I want to put these animals out in herds on the beaches, so they will live their own lives."

Constructed from PVC piping, wood, and fabric airfoils, Jansen's creations are constantly being improved and are designed to function in the sandy beach environment in which Jansen releases them. The creations are also able to store air pressure and use it to drive themselves in the absence of wind.[6] Jansen's more sophisticated creations are able to detect once they have entered water and walk away from it, and one model is capable of anchoring itself to the earth if it senses a storm approaching.

YouTube channel: Theo Jansen

Published on Dec 1, 2013 by theo jansen
YouTube: mahler zw wit
black and white presentation of beach animals in the past.


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