For this episode of the PEMcast, we focus on our new Maker Lounge and one of the most known makers in the world, kinetic sculptor Theo Jansen. Our Curator of the Present Tense, Trevor Smith — just back from visiting Theo in the Netherlands — gives us the latest from the man who breathes life into creatures that walk on the wind as we prepare for our Strandbeest exhibition for fall 2015. We also check in with ourselves to see if we are makers, according to the commandments set by inspiring maker Adam Savage at this year’s Bay Area Maker Faire.
Below, Adam Savage of MythBusters on the Discovery Channel puts together one of Theo Jansen’s mini Strandbeests in this 13-minute video.
Juliette Fritsch, PEM’s Chief of Education and Interpretation, is the driving force behind the new Maker Lounge.
Edie Shimel in the Maker Lounge.
Edie is a photographer who crafts these sci-fi inspired moonscapes that remind us of MST3K.
Theo Jansen visited PEM last summer to plan for the upcoming exhibition of his Strandbeests. He and photographer Lena Herzog, who is documenting his work, presented to the staff, along with Trevor Smith, PEM’s Curator of the Present Tense.
Trevor Smith first discovered Theo Jansen in an in-depth New Yorker article from 2011. Others often talk about Theo’s 2007 TED talk, now subtitled in 31 languages.
This video on the extremely popular site Strandbeest.com takes us to the beach with Theo.
This 3-minute piece on Aeon Film is a poem to Theo’s work.
We leave you with Adam Savage’s entire Maker Faire speech.