Signs of Life: Bio Art and Beyond Leonardo Books


Signs of Life: Bio Art and Beyond Leonardo Books
Authors: Eduardo Kac
Year: 2006
Publisher: The MIT Press
Language: english
ISBN 13: 9781429483957
ISBN 10: 1429483954
Categorie: Arts, History and Criticism
Pages: 433
Edition: 1

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Signs of Life: Bio Art and Beyond (Leonardo Books) Eduardo Kac
Bio art is a new art form that has emerged from the cultural impact and increasing accessibility of contemporary biotechnology. Signs of Life is the first book to focus exclusively on art that uses biotechnology as its medium, defining and discussing the theoretical and historical implications of bio art and offering examples of work by prominent artists. Bio art manipulates the processes of life; in its most radical form, it invents or transforms living organisms. It is not representational; bio art is in vivo. (A celebrated example is Eduardo Kac’s own GFP Bunny , centered on “Alba,” the transgenic fluorescent green rabbit.) The creations of bio art become a part of evolution and, provided they are capable of reproduction, can last as long as life exists on earth. Thus, bio art raises unprecedented questions about the future of life, evolution, society, and art. The contributors to Signs of Life articulate the critical theory of bio art and document its fundamental works. The writers—who include such prominent scholars as Barbara Stafford, Eugene Thacker, and Dorothy Nelkin—consider the culture and aesthetics of biotechnology, the ethical and philosophical aspects of bio art, and biology in art history. The section devoted to artworks and artists includes George Gessert’s Why I Breed Plants , Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr’s Semi-Living Art , Marc Quinn’s Genomic Portrait , and Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey’s Chlorophyll .
Arts – History & Criticism
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