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March 15, 2009

The Evolutionary Art of Theo Jansen

Theo Jansen is a Dutch artist and kinetic sculptor who creates animated works of art that resemble living organisms. Jansen's vision is to use inorganic materials in an attempt at "redoing the Creation." He works with light materials like plastic bottles, sheets and tubing; the animation is powered by wind. Jansen's works are a melding of art and engineering. Computer calculations which use genetic algorithms to simulate evolution are behind the designs of his sculptures. Since 1990, Jansen's 'animals' have developed through a series of evolved models. He's made the plans for his designs public and invites anyone to duplicate his creations.

Theo Jansen's sculptures really must be seen to be believed. Jansen and his work were recently featured in a European auto commercial, which you can see here. A longer documentary film is available here.

Posted by BlogAuthor1 at March 15, 2009 3:30 PM
category: Evolutionary Computation | Human Creativity


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