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Jan De Coster

Workshop Leader

Jan De Coster has worked as an art director and producer in research, advertising, education, theater and other cultural projects. 

De Coster grew up with a fascination for physics, science fiction stories and hacking things. In college, he realized that all the stories around science were often far more appealing than the theory behind them. In the mid 90’s he started on his first multimedia productions and eventually evolved to working in advertising, where he invented stories and games for online campaigns. This is when he developed an interest in character design. Soon his interest in virtual worlds tired, and he started to invent interactive machines in the real world, robots in particular, because they are the perfect match for his interest in physical projects and character design.

His robot characters are now traveling the world and are active in all kinds of environments, such as galleries and museums, but also in car factories and emergency response units. On his quest to make robots a more widely accepted creative medium, he is now teaching the young and old about building Robots, focusing on the design and the process and their role in society, and also on the way they make us feel.

Contribution to Tasmeem
Workshop Building a Painting – With Robots on March 3, 2024 and March 4, 2024


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