The Great Pretender

The Great Pretender

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In qThe Great Pretender, q kinetic artist Theo Jansen shows that the concept of 'I' is merely a tool in our evolution. We need this tool to be selfish. There can be no selfishness without the I-fantasy. Since 1990, Theo Jansen has been engaged in creating new forms of life: beach animals made from yellow plastic tubing. Skeletons made from these tubes are able to walk, deriving their nutrition from the wind. They evolved over many generations, becoming increasingly adept at surviving storms and water from the sea. Theo Jansen's ultimate wish is to release herds of these animals on the shore. In reenacting Genesis, so to speak, he hopes to become wiser in his dealings with the existing nature by encountering problems the 'creator' had to face. qThe Great Pretenderq is a account of Jansen's experiences as God.So this is specially for the executive boards of Toshiba, Nokia, Alcatel and Ericson. Long ago I wrote a piece that prescribed just the thing for the mobile phones of the future. The idea was there for the taking. They could have it, absolutelyanbsp;...

Title:The Great Pretender
Author: Theo Jansen
Publisher:010 Publishers - 2007

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