Where: WEP HUB (University Library)
Curious about the creator of the Strandbeests? Join us at 8:45 a.m. for a WEP On-Air interactive interview and Q&A session with artist Theo Jansen.
Do not miss our daily morning talk-show. An enriching and inspiring way to start your day.
WEP On-Air consists of a 20 minute live interview and a 10 minute Q&A with the audience. The speaker will have a chance to talk about his/her topic in a more personal way.
The video will play live on Facebook. It will also be recorded and added to the KAUST YouTube channel later on.
Free coffee and tea will be served.
Dutch artist Theo Jansen has been working for 16 years to create sculptures that move on their own in eerily lifelike ways. Each generation of his "Strandbeests" is subject to the forces of evolution, with successful forms moving forward into new designs. Jansen's vision and long-term commitment to his wooden menagerie is as fascinating to observe as the beasts themselves.
His newest creatures walk without assistance on the beaches of Holland, powered by wind, captured by gossamer wings that flap and pump air into old lemonade bottles that in turn power the creatures' many plastic spindly legs. The walking sculptures look alive as they move, each leg articulating in such a way that the body is steady and level. They even incorporate primitive logic gates that are used to reverse the machine's direction if it senses dangerous water or loose sand where it might get stuck.
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