Theo Jansen
Empathic Systems

14.06.2019 — 08.09.2019

Opening: Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 7 pm

The Frankfurter Kunstverein has invited Yves Netzhammer, Theo Jansen, and Takayuki Todo to present a selection of their works in solo shows, under the shared thematic title “Empathic Systems.“ The works of the three artists use varying aesthetics and result from completely different artistic processes. Nonetheless, all the works share a corporeal appearance despite being synthetically made, and are capable of touching the viewer solely through the form of their physical activity in space, beyond any linguistic conceptualization.

With his kinetic sculptures, Theo Jansen pursues his vision of creating new artificial life forms. Jansen has succeeded in bringing nonbiological creatures made from simple industrial materials to life, which are then set in motion by wind power. It is these movements that elicit an emotional reaction in the viewer and amaze them. The movements of his creatures — some of them gigantic — fascinate the viewer due to the idiosyncratic nature of their complex motion patterns, which appear to be organic.

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