Thursday, July 14, 2011
Theo Jansen Kinetic Sculptor, Sub Creater?
Mankind has been described as 'sub creators', that is, if someone or something has created us, we in our turn are able to create both with our minds and our hands creations of our own - nothing new about that idea, nothing extraordinary about that either, but when I see creations like Theo Jansens I think about this fact.
Think about how the invention of the wheel has lead to the extraordinary sophistication of the motor car, the invention of optics have enabled us to peer deep within the universe, the invention of computers has given rise to robotics. Think of a simple humanoid like robot or the insect like sculptures of Theo Jansens. If we developed these inventions continuously over time and incorporated at some stage synthetically created biological elements, at what point in the exponential graph of development does the invention become a living thing? at what point may consciousness emerge? Do men and women, the sub creators, have the power to create consciousness? or is consciousness something that is outside of, separate from the sub creation?