Talk and Book Signing: Eduardo Kac meets Joanna Zylinska
Saturday 20th June, 6pm
Eduardo Kac meets Joanna Zylinska in discussion
A talk and book signing will take place on Saturday the 20th June, 6pm. Introducing their work and sharing ideas on bio art and new species, the talk will be followed by a book signing by Eduardo Kac on his book Life Extreme.
Eduardo Kac is an artist who has pioneered telepresence and bio art. Kac opened at the dawn of the twenty-first century a new direction for contemporary art—first with a groundbreaking transgenic work entitled Genesis (1999), which included an “artist’s gene” he invented, and then with his “GFP Bunny”, in which he created a fluorescent rabbit called Alba (2000). Equally concerned with the aesthetic and the social aspects of verbal and non-verbal interaction, in his work Kac examines linguistic systems, dialogic exchanges, and interspecies communication. His books include Telepresence and Bio Art: Networking Humans, Rabbits and Robots and Signs of Life: Bio Art and Beyond.
Joanna Zylinska is a cultural theorist writing on new technologies, ethics, cultural studies and feminist theory. Her research interests focus on new technologies and new media; debates around subjectivity and the body, including the discourses of the ‘cyborg’ and the ‘post-human’; digital art and bioart; photography in the digital age; the ethical implications of new technologies; the relationship between culture, ethics and politics. Joanna Zylinska is reader in New Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is the author of On Spiders, Cyborgs, and Being Scared: The Feminine and the Sublime; The Ethics of Cultural Studies and the recently published Bioethics in the Age of New Media.
Life Extreme – the book
Humankind has imagined and depicted fantastical creatures since the formation of the first societies. Beasts such as the Chimera, the Golem, the Minotaur and Galatea could be said to be culturally symptomatic. Today, in the twenty-first century, we witness the emergence of a new class of beings: organisms that are first imagined and then–through the agency of biotechnologies–brought to life. What used to be a myth has now become a reality. In Life Extreme, Eduardo Kac, the pioneer of “bio art” who is internationally recognized for celebrated works such as “Genesis” and the fluorescent green “GFP Bunny,” has selected 36 new organism, presented alongside excerpts from Ovid to Andy Warhol. The book, published in Dis Voir’s new Encounters series, is prefaced by Kac’s “Anthroduction” and includes a whimsical taxonomy of taxonomies, offering a unique classification method for future species.
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