SAIC professor and alum Eduardo Kac (MFA 1990) revels in the freedom of creating new worlds. He has made a "plantimal" that expresses his own DNA in red veins on the petals of its flowers, a live rabbit that glows bright green under blue light, and bacteria with text from the Bible encoded into their DNA, which can be mutated by a remote audience turning on a light source with the click of a mouse. In this video Kac talks about the meaning and making of his work.
Eduardo Kac with Ornitorrinco, 1989, telepresence work, Kinetics and Electronics Area, SAIC
Eduardo Kac, Natural History of the Enigma, 2003/08, transgenic work. Edunia, a plantimal with the artist's DNA expressed only in the red veins of the flower. Eduardo Kac waters Edunia. Photo Rik Sferra
Eduardo Kac, Free Alba!, 2001, New York Times, color photograph mounted on aluminum with Plexiglas. Collection of Alfredo Hertzog da Silva
Eduardo Kac, Time Capsule (detail), 1997, microchip implant, seven sepia-toned photographs, live television broadcast, webscast, interactive telerobotic webscanning of the implant, remote database intervention, X-ray of the implant, dimensions variable. C