Hour 20: Where are they now?

Here’s a look at how the teams’ beests have developed after 20 full hours of hacking (and some napping and snacking):


Judging Criteria

Our hackers are hard at work building their beests. Each team brings something different to the table; unique perspectives, vibrant energies…and big plans for their beests!

That’s why the next few posts will be devoted to Team Spotlights.

But before we dive into that, here’s a quick overview of the criteria that will be used to judge our hacker’s creations:

  • Survivability! Or the beest’s ability to thrive. Will the beest be able to sustain itself in its given environment?
  • Imaginative Adaptations! Or the creativity of the beest. Does the beest represent the next step in Strandbeest evolution?
  • Reproductibility! Or the aesthetics of the beest. Is the design easy to replicate and does it inspire others to do so?

We’ll see which of our teams hits all of the above criteria, and keep an eye out for those Team Spotlights. Don’t forget, the winning team will have their hack featured in the Strandbeest exhibition!

The Hackathon Has Begun!

The teams are gathering their supplies, and the beests are ready to evolve!

Theo Jansen spoke of evolution earlier today when he met with the hackers. He stated how the beests “use humanity to multiply”, and how the hackers will contribute to their evolutionary history.

The name of the game? Survivability! It is Theo’s dream that his animals will thrive long after he is gone. The challenge that the teams will face is creating a creature that’ll be able to sustain itself within its given environment.

The two types of animals in question? “American mutants” built from electrical conduit PVC pipe (larger than the Dutch PVC which Jansen uses), and beests of a different structure and genetic code all together.
With the larger PVC piping Jansen expects not only a bigger beest, but a bigger challenge. When creating these “American mutants” the hackers must pay special attention to the pipe joints, and “develop their own language” with the tubes.

The poetics of Jansen’s language (and his special relationship with the Strandbeests) was demonstrated earlier today when the hackers encountered his creations up close. Each team drew inspiration from the joints and spines of Jansen’s unique animals.

As for the other structures to be utilized throughout the hackathon?

Time will tell how these will contribute to the evolution of the beests.


Hello fellow hackers!

Today is a beautiful day to have a 24-hour hackathon, don’t you think? We have eight fantastic teams ready to step up to the plate and solve some #Strandbeest challenges.

Want to see how the teams progress? Want to get a first-hand look at Hackathon happenings? Follow @peabodyessex #PEMhack on Twitter and Instagram. Use #Evolucionarios #MullenLowe #ClarkSchoolSolvers #PEApod #MayorsOfSimpleton #HampsteadAcademyHackers #DADAs and #Devilbeests to reach out and keep track of specific teams.

Want to video in? Skype us @maker.lounge

Stay tuned, we’ll be releasing the challenges soon!

T-4.5 hours until the Hackathon begins…

ALERT: Strandbeest Takeover

Inspired by Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen, the Peabody Essex Museum is continuing a series of mini-residencies for its Maker Lounge. Creative, tech-minded, curious and people-loving folk are invited to take over the Lounge to develop their own project or projects exploring the poetic or pragmatic possibilities of mechanical motion, as exampled in Theo Jansen’s otherworldly kinetic sculptures that use simple machines — wheels, levers, pistons — to create wind-powered motion, blurring the boundaries between animate and inanimate beings. More information about the residency can be found at http://www.pem.org/learn/maker_lounge
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