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SIGNS OF LIFE: BIO ART AND BEYOND
Eduardo Kac ed.

MIT Press, 2006
Hardcover
480 pages
89 b+w illustrations
ISBN: 9780262112932

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Bio art is a new art form that has emerged from the cultural impact and increasing accessibility of contemporary biotechnology. Signs of Life defines and discusses the theoretical and historical implications of bio art and offers 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.

 

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