(1948, Scheveningen) employs the computer as a synthetic, virtual
laboratory; his indigenous North Sea arthropods are genetically
engineered to thrive on the beach, walk on wet sand, and feed on the
wind. The digital simulations serve to optimize the architecture of
joints and legs each artificial creature needs to move in its intended
environment. Each limb is composed of a geometrical arrangement of
tubes, the lengths of which the computer selects from a finite range of
1500 randomly determined segments. The joints are placed to articulate
the closest approximation of the leg's ideal curve through space as the
The head both resembles and functions as a sail.
Jansen has had shows in Oita City Art Museum Ueno Oita Japan (2011),
Maraikan Museum Tokyo (2010), Science Museum, Seoul South Korea (2010),
Hibya, Tokyo, Japan (2009), Reina Sophia Museum Madrid (2007), MassMoca,
North Adams, USA (2007), Institute of Contemporary Art, The Mall, London
(2006), Kunsthal, Rotterdam(2003), and Centraal Museum Utrecht (1996).
Theo Jansen has been awarded with the honorary doctorate at Concordia
University Montreal this year. May 2011 Jansen's Try Out of the
‘Animaris Gubernare’ took place at Strandpaviljoen De Fuut silent
beach south of the harbor of The Hague (Den Haag).