EXHIBITION

The exhibition consists of four separate sections themed on interest, knowledge, experience, and imagination, through which the visitor can learn what Strandbeest is and how it moves and then will watch the actual Strandbeest in motion.

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LIFE

どうやって生まれたの?

The beginning of the story

”Life” is the section designed to elicit viewers’ interest in the new artificial life, presented with such information as its birth history and creator’s intentions. Postulating that he became the Creator of a new form of life, Theo gave life to the line-shape creature, which then only existed on computer, while willing to observe its evolutionary process thereafter. The whole story began from there.

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SPACE-TIME

他にどんなビーストがいるの?

Evolved Strandbeest

The “space-time” section includes introduction of the latest life science along with the description and a chronological table of Strandbeest, the new form of life that keeps evolving through a trial-and-error process that constantly requires new assembling parts created by taping tubes together, applying heat to them, and so on. Different types of Strandbeest that have come into being over time are shown here with explanations on the process of their evolution under the eight divided time phases.

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DEEP IMPRESSION

どうやって動いているの?

Bodily feel Strandbeest in motion

“Deep impression” is the section designed for the visitor to realistically feel Strandbeest in motion, in conjunction with its projected images in a natural state such as with the ocean in the background. Presentation of moving Strandbeest takes place once every hour.

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FUTURE

どうやって作っているの?

Theo’s Creation process

”Future” is where Jansen’s memorandums and journal are displayed as if in the actual workshop, offering the opportunity to see the creating process of the new form of life. The experience gained here hopefully will inspire the person to find a new type of path to the future

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MESSAGE

Message from Theo Jansen

I feel very honored to be able to display my works at this lovely museum. Life itself is a blessing from nature and I am grateful to have the opportunity to present the form of life that I have created. I always thought Strandbeest would be received well in Japan. I believe this experience will broaden the range of my expression in the future works of mine.

OVERVIEW

Theo Jansen Exhibition in OKINAWA 2017

〜The piece of art that has been breathed life into now
starts to walk before the air of Okinawa.〜

Contents Called the Leonardo De Vinci of today, the artist Theo Jansen created the artificial life
Strandbeest. For its presentation, we have designed the exhibition in such a way that it is more than just a display of works, which encourages viewers to see the craftsmanship and theory of life behind the creation, as well as the artistic standpoint to appreciate the formative art of Strandbeest that harmonizes with nature. Moreover, the contents are to help children draw their dreams and develop imagination while selected with Okinawa’s regional characteristics in mind.
Dates Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - Sat.Novenber.11

Closed on October 10 (Tue), 16 (Mon),
23 (Mon), 30 (Mon) & November 6 (Mon)
Opening hours 9:00 - 18:00 (entry by 17:30)
Fridays & Saturdays 9:00 - 20:00 (entry by 19:30)
Place Okinawa Prefectural
Museum & Art Museum

3-1-1 Omoromachi, Naha City, Okinawa

Tel: 098-941-8200
Fax: 098-941-2392
Host organization Executive Committee of Theo Jansen Exhibition in Okinawa
Supporters Okinawa Prefecture Board of Education

Naha City Board of Education

Nanjo City Board of Education

Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Japan
Special Cooperation OKINAWA TIMES
Cooperators Media Force
Editorial Department of Otona no Kagaku in Gakken Plus Co., Ltd.

CONCEPT

“The piece of art that has been breathed life into now starts to walk before the air of Okinawa.”

We exist in the time-space where all things are connected with each other as if they are one single living organism. The “wind-eating” beach walker Strandbeest may continue taking its path in the infinite circle of transmigration, like us human beings whose origin is the ocean and who

kept evolving thereafter, or like a person who constantly strives to grow toward his dreams
“REINCARNATION”
While coexisting with the rich nature, what kind of relation can we build with Strandbeest

his exhibition consists of four separate sections themed on life, time-space, deep impression, and future.
  • LIFE

    This is the section designed to elicit viewers’ interest in the new artificial life, presented with such information as its birth history and creator’s intentions.

  • TIME-SPACE

    This section includes introduction of the latest life science along with the description and a chronological table of Strandbeest.

  • DEEP IMPRESSION

    This is the section designed for the visitor to realistically feel the movements of Strandbeest along with its projected images in natural settings.

  • FUTURE

    This is the section where the memorandums and journal by the artist are displayed as if in an actual workshop, allowing visitors to see the process of the new form of life being created.

GREETING

There are always winds blowing on this island. And, do you possibly believe if I say that there is a creature who “eats” the winds to move itself?

There are always winds blowing on this island. And, do you possibly believe if I say that there is a creature who “eats” the winds to move itself?

This whole thing was started by the hope of me a general person, not an art expert or anything. It was my mere but serious hope to see Strandbeest the wind-driven artificial life walk for real in the very location I adore - the beach of Okinawa. This is an unprecedented sort of exhibition to take place in Okinawa.

The creator of Strandbeest Theo Jansen is a Netherlands-based contemporary artist who is highly recognized at international level. The Strandbeest is able to move by itself on the beach while using ocean winds as its power source.

This exhibition introduces Strandbeest’s evolutionary process including the information on how this new form of life was first created and then started moving, in conjunction with a display of the Strandbeest in an actual motion.

Along with the museum exhibition, related events are scheduled in several locations on island including the display of walking Strandbeest, lecture meeting, autograph session, and workshop by the artist himself. These are offered to facilitate understanding of Strandbeest and the intensions behind their creation. I believe that the sight of Strandbeest moving before winds of Okinawa will bring children amazement and remind adults of the excitement they would feel out of intellectual curiosity as children. I look forward to seeing people come to the exhibition not only from Okinawa but also from all over Japan and abroad.

Finally, I would like to express my deepest appreciation for everyone who offered us support and encouragement to make this happen. It would be my great pleasure if people’s hearts become lightened up by their experience at the exhibition. I wish for the coming of a fabulous wind in Okinawa.

The Representative of Executive Committee of
Theo Jansen Exhibition in Okinawa

Chikae Inui

TICET

Fees

Adults ¥1,200

(advance ticket ¥1,000)

Senior High School /
College Students
¥800

(advance ticket ¥700)

Elementary /
Junior High School
¥600

(advance ticket ¥500)

  • ※Free of charge for preschoolers
  • ※Half price of day ticket for individuals with physical disability by showing physical disability certificate. Price of advance ticket for the caretakers.
  • ※Price of advance ticket for groups of 20 or more
Ticket Distributors

Tickets available to general public for purchase starting on July 1

ACCESS

Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum

住所 3-1-1 Omoromachi, Naha City,
Okinawa 900-0006
電話番号 Tel:098-941-8200
General parking: 140 vehicles
Opening hours: 10:00-18:00 (entry by 17:30) Closed every Sunday and 10/10, open on 10/9

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