Aesthetic Explorations: Theo Jansen and His Strandbeest

Theo Jansen, a dropout physicist become artist, has created his very own aesthetic. In 1980, Jansen began with 1500 combinations of 11 linkage sizes. Using a new technology at the time, a computer was utilized to dwindle the different configurations down to just one golden combination, the “eleven holy numbers”. These numbers allowed for the…
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Aesthetics of Surrealism

Perhaps most notable by the works of Salvador Dali, surrealism is a cultural movement popularized in Paris during the early 1920s.  Surrealism developed mostly from the Dada movement, and was firmly established by André Breton with his writing, Surrealist Manifesto.  In this work, Breton described surrealism as “pure psychic automatism”.  This phrase captures the freedom…
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