GFP Bunny, 2000

Eduardo Kac

From Telepresence to Transgenic Art

Date 1/29/01

Affiliation Artist, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago


Eduardo Kac is a pioneering artist and writer who investigates the philosophical and political dimensions of communication. Internationally known in the '80s as a pioneer of Telepresence Art, in the '90s Kac created the new categories of Biotelematics (art in which a biological process is intrinsically connected to digital networks) and Transgenic Art (new art form based on the use of genetic engineering techniques to create unique living beings). He is perhaps best known for his controversial GFP Bunny (2000): an albino rabbit, bred from genes from a fluorescent jellyfish, that glows in the dark.

Kac's work is exhibited internationally and belongs to the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York and Rio de Janeiro. His work is the subject of two books: "Teleporting An Unknown State" (1998) and "Eduardo Kac: Telepresence, Biotelematics, Transgenic Art" (2000), and numerous articles (including a feature in the February 2001 issue of ArtByte). Kac is on the editorial board of the journal Leonardo, and is a Ph.D. research fellow at the Centre for Advanced Inquiry in Interactive Arts (CAiiA). He is Assistant Professor of Art and Technology at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

-- As of 1/29/01

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