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The Great Pretender

Author

Theo Jansen

Published Date

22-08-2017

Publisher

NAI010 Publishers

ISBN

789462083448

The Great Pretender is a testimonial to his experiences as God.

About this book

In The Great Pretender, kinetic artist Theo Jansen shows that the ‘I’ we envision is 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 engaged in creating new forms of life: strandbeests. These are not made of protein based existing life forms but yellow plastic tubing. They are skeletons made from the tubes that can walk. They get their energy from the wind, so they do not need sustenance. They have evolved over many generations, becoming increasingly adept at surviving storms and water from the sea. His ultimate wish is to release herds of these animals on the shore. In redoing the Creation, he hopes to become wiser in his dealings with existing nature by encountering problems the Real Creator had to face. The Great Pretender is a testimonial to his experiences as God.

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