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Eduardo Kac

Lagoglylphs: Animation

Eduardo Kac

Eduardo Kac is internationally recognized for his groundbreaking and influential contributions to the development of contemporary art and poetry. In the early 1980s Kac created digital, holographic and online works that were invested in paving the way to the new global culture we live in today, composed of ever-changing information in constant flux. From the mid-1980s to the late 1990s, Kac developed radical telepresence works with remote-controlled robots he created specifically for each piece. In 1997 he sent shockwaves across the world by becoming the first human to implant a digital microchip through his work Time Capsule. It was also in 1997, in the context of Time Capsule, that he coined the term Bio Art, thus igniting the widespread development of this new artform. In 1999, he created the artwork Genesis, in which he encoded an English statement into living bacteria, allowed Internet participants to mutate the bacteria, and then decoded the mutant DNA back into altered English. In 2000, Kac made what many consider his most famous work; entitled GFP Bunny, it is comprised of a green fluorescent rabbit called Alba. By splicing jellyfish and rabbit DNA, he originated the first mammal in the history of art. Kac’s 2009 work Natural History of the Enigma, in which he created a new flower with his own DNA, earned him the Golden Nica Award, the most prestigious award in the field of media arts and the highest prize awarded by Ars Electronica. In 2017, the New York Times published a full-page article about Kac’s Inner Telescope, a work he conceived for and realized in outer space with the cooperation of French astronaut Thomas Pesquet. His work is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York; Tate Modern, London; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; the Museum of Modern Art of Valencia, Spain; the ZKM Museum, Karlsruhe, Germany; and the Museum of Contemporary Art of São Paulo, among others.

Personal links:

www.ekac.org

Artwork info:

Title:

Lagoglylphs: Animation

Fileformat:

.mov

Year:

2009

Artwork description:

Lagoglyphs are a series of works in which Kac develops a form of writing that alludes to meaning but resists interpretation. This gesture stands as a counterpoint to the barrage of discourses generated through, with, and around Kac’s transgenic artwork GFP Bunny (2000). The real-time computer animations of the lagoglyphs, continuously flowing and reconfiguring themselves in new streams, place emphasis on the generative mutability of writing.

The .mov file is excerpted from an real-time parametric animation.

Name

Eduardo Kac

Nationality

Brazil/United States

File/s

Lagoglyphs are a series of works in which Kac develops a form of writing that alludes to meaning but resists interpretation. This gesture stands as a counterpoint to the barrage of discourses generated through, with, and around Kac's transgenic artwork GFP Bunny (2000). The real-time computer animations of the lagoglyphs, continuously flowing and reconfiguring themselves in new streams, place emphasis on the generative mutability of writing. 2009 artwork is a computer program that produces a 'generative' or 'real-time' animation and that the .mov file is the 6:30 video loop excerpted from this non-repeating animation

Category:

team

Tags:

mov

Date:

November 5, 2019