Before opening his exhibition in Chile, Theo Jansen conducted a talk at the Gabriela Mistral Cultural Center – GAM on April 12th, where he discussed topics such as creation and observation of the environment, nature and evolution, chance and mathematical algorithms. In addition, he made demonstrations with different parts of his Strandbeests to dynamically and interactively explain their mechanical systems. He also spoke of his creative process and development over the past 27 years of his life.
Days before the conference, there was an invitation to digitally send, using the hashtag #theojansenchile on twitter, a question for Jansen which would be read out loud at the end of the conference. The following were chosen and answered by the artist:
How can the Strandbeests adapt to this post-plastic era in which we are living in?
What is your vision on the education of children and young adults?
What are your thoughts on robotics seen as a threat to human work and, in general, as a dehumanizing element?
The conference was also live streamed on www.gam.cl and www.cultura.gob.cl, and this link received more than 850 views. The streaming was also screened in the following centers across Chile through the CECREA program:
- Arica. Centro CECREA. Pasaje Sangra 357
- Iquique. Espacio CECREA. Baquedano 951, al costado del Museo regional
- Vallenar. Centro provincial de Educación. Ramírez 740
- La Serena. Colegio Nuestra Señora de Andacollo. Isidoro Campaña 2879. Compañía Alta
- La Ligua. Centro CECREA, Pedro Polanco 480.
- Concepción. Ministerio de las Culturas. Cochane 1064.
- Temuco. Centro CECREA. Vicuña Mackenna 270.
- Punta Arenas. Salón Gabriela Mistral, Secretaría regional de Educación. Ignacio Carrera Pinto 1259.
Organized by Fundación Mar Adentro and the Gabriela Mistral Cultural Center.