Philipp Lachenmann: DELPHI Rationale


Life Transformation - Art Mutation

20.10.2003, Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Berlin | A lecture by Eduardo Kac

With his current projects, the media artist and theorist Eduardo Kac works at the intersection of art and genetics. Works such as his "GFP Bunny" (2000), a transgenic, green-glowing rabbit, put up for debate a new art form: the concept of transgenic art. Transgenic art, he says, is based on the principle of genetic technology which makes it possible to transfer a natural or synthetic gene into an organism to create unique living creatures.

However, one had to be very cautious, he says, and know about the complex problems resulting from this. One especially needs to be aware of the responsibility to treat this newly-created life with respect and love. By creating transgenic animals, Kac seeks to increase the public's awareness of the cultural consequences of this technology.

In his work, Kac examines the philosophical and political dimensions of communication processes. In the 1980s, he gained international recognition as a pioneer of holopoetry and telepresence art, in the 1990s, he created the new categories of biotelematic art (art whereby a biological process is intrinsically linked to a computer-based telecommunications work) and of transgenic art. He works with electronic media and photon technology, including telepresence, holography, computer, video, roboter technology, internet, biological systems (animals, plants, bacteria and organic tissue). Born in 1962 in Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Kac now lives and works in Chicago. He is Assistant Professor of Art and Technology at the Art and Technology Department of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Date: October 20, 2003, 5:00 p.m.

Location: Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Leibniz Hall, Markgrafenstr. 38, Berlin-Mitte

Welcome: Günter Stock, Member of the Executive Board, Schering AG, Berlin
Introduction: Horst Bredekamp, Faculty of Arts III, Humboldt University Berlin


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