Strandbeest Hacks

Did you know that Theo Jansen has been making Strandbeests for twenty-five years? During this time he has made the DNA to his kinetic sculptures open-source, providing the public with the opportunity to hack and evolve their own creatures.

We will be featuring some of these Strandbeest hacks in the exhibition, including the winner of the Strandbeest Hackathon, as well as media showing some of the imaginative and ingenious ways makers, tinkers and creatives all over the world have adapted or modified the beests DNA.

Check out Hackaday for a look at some of these fantastic hacks!

And while you’re at it, take a look at one of our favorite (and most adorable) hacks:


Dream with the Beests!

Have you been dreaming about the beests as much as we have? Want to make those dreams come true? Take the kiddos to the museum for a fun, exciting sleepover! There will be a bunch of family-friendly activities, and some special moments with exhibition artist Theo Jansen and his kinetic sculptures.

Head here for more info on pricing and event details:

8 days until the Strandbeest Hackathon…

Photo by Lena Herzog
Photo by Lena Herzog

The Strandbeest Hackathon is coming…

Howdy folks! We are extremely excited to have the following teams join us for our first-ever Hackathon at the Peabody Essex Museum, September 19-20, 2015:

Mullen Lowe
The Clark School Clarksters
P.E.A. Pod
The Mayors of Simpleton
Hampstead Academy Hackers

We know many of you are still interested in viewing the Hackathon and seeing how the teams progress during the 24 hour window. We are excited to be working with MIT and using their UnHangout platform to take the Strandbeest Hackathon to a digital level, and share the event with the rest of the world.

For those of you who are interested in trying the challenges at home, we’ll be sharing Theo’s ideas the day of the event here on our site!

Stay tuned for more information about our UnHangout, team bios, and event details!

-The Minders