“Telepresence and Bio Art”

Tema de Eduardo Kac (School of the Art, Institute of Chicago) para a Mesa 1: Arte, Informação e Natureza. 5 de agosto, das  9h às 11h45

Eduardo Kac is an internationally recognized artist that gained prominence at the beginning of the twenty-first century with his transgenic work “GFP Bunny” (2000), centered on the green-glowing bunny named Alba that he created through genetic engineering. In 1997 Kac coined the term “Bio Art” to designate the new international movement that manipulates or creates biological life as an art medium. His presentation will offer an overview of his trajectory, with emphasis on his most recent works. Among his many career highlights, Kac will discuss his recent transgenic artwork “Natural History of the Enigma”. The central work in the “Natural History of the Enigma” series is a plantimal, a new life form Kac created and that he calls “Edunia”, a genetically-engineered flower that is a hybrid of the artist and Petunia. The Edunia expresses Kac’s DNA, taken from his blood, exclusively in the flower’s red veins. Since 2011 Kac has also been creating what he calls “olfactory art.” He will explain and provide examples of this new artform.

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