The extraordinary creations of Theo Jansen come to Chile for the first time in an exhibition in the National Center of Contemporary Art Cerrillos (CNACC) April 14 - July 1 2018, as well as an extensive educational program until December 2018.
Art can often be a form of expression and knowledge that builds bridges between different disciplines and people. This project seeks to generate dialogues between art and science and promote multidisciplinary education around socio-environmental and cultural aspects. Each of Theo Jansen’s works are activating device of processes that invite one to reflect from art about the way humans relate with the environment and the meaning of creation and creativity. In reality, there is not a series of instructions to understand human beings and nature as a whole, however, the work of Jansen opens up the possibilities of building one’s own, undetermined ways of finding new words and connections in time and space because art activates this freedom in us.
Theo Jansen in Chile considers a conference, an exhibition of his renowned Strandbeests and an extensive educational program on creativity and research focused on understanding natural life and the challenges of a constantly changing environment. It is the result of collaborative work among various teams, conceived and curated by Fundación Mar Adentro.
Two of the eight Strandbeests will be shown in movement during the entire exhibition during the following time schedules,
Animaris Ordis: Located on the first floor of the exhibition, will be activated outdoors.
– Tues thru Fri: 11:00 – 11:30 & 15:00 -15:30
– Sat and Sun: 11:30 – 12:00, 16:00 – 16:30, 17:00 – 17:30
Animaris Plaudens Vela: Located on the second floor. There will be 5 re-animations a day for a total of 80 ppl per session.
– Tues thru Fri: 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 15:30 & 17:00
– Sat and Sun: 11:00, 12:00, 15:00, 16:00 & 17:00
Everything around us is merely an invitation to observe…We dream our lives. We see what we think.
Theo Jansen (Scheveningen, Netherlands, 1948)
Lives and works in The Hague. He studied Physics in Delft University of Technology and began his artistic career in the early 70s. In 1986, Jansen began to explore with algorithmic simulation programs for artificial life inspired by biologist Richard Dawkins upon reading The Blind Watchmaker.
Observing the environment, rising sea levels threatening beaches and sand banks as a form of protection are what inspired him to create his Strandbeests. Jansen is constantly creating new “species” and refers to them as living creatures that possess organs, bones and ability to multiply. He is currently working on Animaris Mulus—a species belonging to the twelfth generation according to his evolutionary periods—hoping that one day they can become autonomous and survive on their own even after he is no longer living.
Selected exhibitions: Theo Jansen, Institute of Contemporary Art y Trafalgar Square, London, 2005; The Believers, Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA, USA, 2007; Máquinas y almas: Arte digital y nuevos medios, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, 2007; Theo Jansen-Animaris Modular, Gwancheon National Science Museum, Seoul, 2010; Le bord des mondes, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2015; Strandbeest, The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen, Exploratorium: The Museum of Science, Art and Human Perception, San Francisco, USA, 2016; Theo Jansen, Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum, Okinawa, 2017.
The Theo Jansen in Chile project is organized by Fundación Mar Adentro, the CECREA Program and the National Center of Contemporary Art Cerrillos of the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage of Chile.
Educational program Program design: Fundación Mar Adentro and CECREA
Design and execution of workshops: FabLab Catholic University, FabLab University of Chile
National Center of Contemporary Art Cerrillos, Fundación Ecoscience
Conference In collaboration with Gabriela Mistral Cultural Center, GAM
Collaborators Municipality of Cerrillos, Directory of Metropolitan Public Transport, Embassy of the Netherlands in Chile, Massiva, Valle Nevado, Papiro, Triángulo Gráfico, Media Stream, CGS, Ibero Americana Radio Chile, TVN.
Designed together with the Fablabs of the University of Chile and Catholic University, and in partnership with the National Center of Contemporary Art Cerrillos and the CECREA Centers of the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage, the educational program offers workshops for children and young adults that will take place across the country.
The exhibition opened on Saturday April 14th and 6 thousand people arrived at the Cerrillos National Center for Contemporary Art on the first weekend of the exhibition, which will be open until July 1st. In a week they added 11,100 visitors.