Louis Bec is a French biologist and the only zoosystematician in the world, deals witha fabulatory epistemology based on Artificial Life and Technozoosemiotics.

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Kremastiktore, Hypozoologie

Genetic Engineering

Historical Methods

Plant Breeding:
George Gessert works with historical methods of plant breeding as part of an investigation of human attitudes toward genetics.

Information page
Paradise Now information page

Hybrid 488
Natural Selection Artist Book

Animal Breeding
Christoph Ebener, Uli Winters

Winters Information Page   Ebener Information Page

Byte Breeding Cages

Adam Zaretsky
Information Site - Langlois proposalEmutagen
The Humperdinck Effect article   Humperdinck Effect  image

Andrea Zittel
information site

Breeding Units   image

Genetic Engineering

Eduardo Kac
Information site -  Transgenic Art

EIGHTH DAY  information biorobot image
(robot movements affected by changes in bioluminescent amoeba)

GFP bunny infomation  GFP image
(Kac commissions flourescent bunny)

Critical Art Ensemble
Cult of the New Eve   (image- beer with human genome embedded)

Embedding Messages / Controlling Images

Joe Davis

Information Site - Scientific American article

Microvenus - E-coli embedded with icon
rune embedded in e-coli

Eduardo Kac
Genesis information site  Genesis image
(phrase form Genesis embedded in bacteria)

David Kremmers
Information Site
(Painting with resins with genetically engineered bacteria controlling colors)

Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey
Information Site
Mother and Child Portrait image;SunBathers image
(work with genetically modified grass that retains its green color after stress)

Jill Reynolds

Family Tree
(sculptural tree exploring genetic similarities with yeast/roundworms etc - includes petri dishes with modified yeast)

Exploration of the Influence of Environment

Natalie Jeremijenko information site
One Tree Project Information site  One Tree image

Interventions & Commentary

Heath Bunting & Natalie Jeremijenko Biotech Hobbyist Magazine.

Creative Time   DNAAid
(Copyright your DNA, genetic game, billboard exhibitions)  no image

Critical Art Ensemble  Biotech projects
(Flesh Machine, Cult of the New Eve, Genterrra)

Bureau of Inverse Technology
Sperm Economy;  Half Life
(bid on sperm based on qualities of the donor)

Larry Miller

information site
Genomic License  (transfer of genomic rights, collection of samples).;  Finger Exercise/Transplant; Genetic Code Copyright Certificate (copyright protection for one's own genome)

Neil White and the Soda Group

Biological Property Mutual Fund

John Tonkin - Meniscus & Personal Eugenics

Cornelia Hesse-Honegger After Chernobyl  article

Gail Wight
Gail Wight Information site

"Hereditary Allegories: A Study in Genetics"

Chromosome images as semiotics

Susanne Anker
Gene Culture Information Site
Zoosemiotics  image

Gregor Mobius

Visual Presentation of the Genetic Code;  RNA/DNA
(alternative language for the bases in genetic code)


Genetics as Markers of Identity

Gary Schneider
information site**
First Biological Self Portrait
(dna, hands, iris, etc  - tumor surpressor on chromosome 11)

Kevin Clarke
 information page

Invisible body, blood of poets, Portrait of John Cage image

Karl S. Mihail &  Tran T. Kim-Trang

Creative Gene Harvest image
(hair samples of creative people)

Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle

The Garden of  Delights  image
(DNA portraits arranged in family groupings)
The Patron, His Wife, His Barber, and the Artist

Paul Vanouse
information site

Relative Velocity Inscription Device  image
(dna from his Jamacian family put in electrophoresis analysis)

Music based on Genetic Patterns

John Dunn and Mary Anne Clarke
Life Music
Alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH)  sample of the music
(music based on protein sequence activated by genetic sequence in alcohol)

Photographic studies of Genetic Engineering Activities

Catherine Chalmers
Transgenic Mice

(photographic study of new mice lines)
 obese mouse line image   curly tail mouse line  image

Catherine Wagner
-86 Degrees Freezer (Twelve Areas of Concern and Crisis) image
(photoessay - freezers with samples of olon cancer, bipolar disorder, HIV, breast cancer and Alzheimer's disease).

Michael Spano
Scientists at Work

Susan Robb

(fake experimental set-ups)

Shows etc

Henry Art Gallery - Gene(sis) Show  (Artists Explore Human Genetics)
Leonardo Art & Biology Exhibit  Art&bio bibliog
Smithsonian Artist Book Exhibit
Paradise Now: Picturing the Genetic Revolution (show & commentary)
Ars Electronica - Life Sciences (99)  Next Sex (2000)

Heredity & Genetics

George Gessert  Iris Project, Scatter, geneart show Art Lifealt site
Christopher Ebener  Byte
Joe Davis  Microvenus Scientific American article   Biological Art
Jon Tower   Gene Room**
Adam Zaretsky Ecoli events Langlois projectmain site
David Kremmers  Somites** alt link
Knut Mork Skagen   Drop of Blood
Gail Wight main site, Hereditary Alegories ,geneart site,SpikeExploratorium alt site alt site
Creative Time/Natilie Bookchin Gene Project - DnaAid
Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey Mother and Child Portrait  Sunbathers (geneitcally manipualated imagery in grass)
Creative Art Ensemble Genterra, Cult of the New Eve
Gary Schneider: The First Biological Self Portrait
Du Seid - Blood Lines (Out of Sight show)
Eduardo Kac  Transgentic Art - GFP Bunny, Eighth Day
Natile Jerijemko  OneTree Project
Reinhard Nestelbacher  Green
Karl S. Mihail & Tran T. Kim-Trang  The Creative Gene Harvest Archive

Nancy Burson - Human Race Machine
Thomas GrÄnfeld: Misfit (COW)
Paul Vanouse - Relative Velocity Inscription Device
Critical Art Ensemble - Beer Project with human genome implanted in yeast
Shawn Brixey, Richard Rinehart, and Fabian Wagmister Chimera Obscura
Catherine Chalmers Transgenic Mice Series
Daniel Lee - Manimals, Judgement

Chromosomes. DNA

Susanne Anker  Zoosemiotics,  geneart interview,Celluar Script
John Dunn & Mary Anne Clarke  DNA Music**, Dunn site
Susan Alexjander and Dave Deamer  DNA Tunings
Kevin Clarke  Portraits
Thomas Kovachevich  Portraits**
Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle - Garden of Delights
Gregor Mobius- DNA/RNA
Jaq ChartierBlots and Dilutions,Dye Sequence
Rockefeller University  dna, proteins music


Sonja Rapoport  Transgenetic Bagel, Redeeming the Gene
Andrea Zittel  Breeding Unit**
Michael Spano - Scientists at Work
Neil White and the Soda Group - Inheritance
critical art ensemble bio-life event
rtmark - Biological Property Mutual Fund
Critical Art Ensemble Art Life
John Tonkin - Meniscus & Personal Eugenics
Cornelia Hesse-Honegger After Chernobyl  article
Larry Miller -Genomic License No. 7
Catherine Wagner - Still-Lifes  (reflection on reseach labs/processes)
Bill Scanga - Eighteen Frogs with Pants
Dario Robleto-  If We Do Ever Get Any Closer At Cloning Ourselves Please Tell My Scientist-Doctor To Use Motown Records As My Connecting Parts

Shows etc

Henry Art Gallery - Gene(sis) Show  (Artists Explore Human Genetics)
Leonardo Art & Biology Exhibit  Art&bio bibliog
Smithsonian Artist Book Exhibit
Paradise Now: Picturing the Genetic Revolution (show & commentary)
Ars Electronica - Life Sciences (99)  Next Sex (2000)


Hunter O'Reilly, Ph.D.
October 2, 2000
Art and genetics: Asking the right questions
V ViewAttch  22%Art and genetics: Asking the right questions
By Paul R. Billings, MD, PhD
(Editor's note: I recently had the opportunity to view the art show,
Paradise Now, hanging in SoHo's Exit Art Gallery. In conjunction with
the show, I moderated a panel discussion sponsored by the Gene Media Forum.
* 10:30 a.m. Genome Music - The Music, Rhythm and Harmony of Life Oregon
Shakespeare Festival Composer-In-Residence Todd Barton showcased his
compositions that blend rhythmic, melodic and harmonic elements derived
from strands of genetic code. Click here to listen to a sample of the
Genome composition.
site to subvert adds
Leigh Anne Langwell has a background in biological and medical imaging
which has had a considerable impact on her artistic process. Surgical
and X-ray documents have been of particular interest to her and her work
reflects that interest.
Aziz + Cucher have been collaborating on and exhibiting digital
photography projects and sculpture since 1991. Their website has images
of their work and interviews that verbally express their ideas.
Suzanne Anker is a visual artist and theoretician working with genetic
imagery. Her work has been shown both nationally and internationally in
museums and galleries including the Walker Art Center, the Smithsonian
Institute, the Philips Collection, P.S.1 Museum, the Stadkunst in Koln,
and the Museum of Modern Art in Japan. In 2001, her work will be
featured at the Getty Museum.
list of shows
ATCG: Human Genomics in Contemporary Art
February - May 2002
Curated by Robin Held
Henry Art Gallery
University of Washington
15th Ave NE and NE 41st Street, Seattle, WA 98195-1410
The exhibition ATCG: Human Genomics in Contemporary Art explores the
64%The exhibition ATCG: Human Genomics in Contemporary Art explores the
implications of human genomics for our understanding of human life and
identity. The art museum is an important place to explore dimensions of
human genomics and its potential impact on contemporary culture in ways
not necessarily addressed in other venues. The complex ideas of
biotechnology and genomics are a compelling arena for artistic
exploration and provide a platform for a significant contemporary
discourse among the humanities, bridging the history and criticism of
art with the history and philosophy of science, technology and medicine.
Metaphors and symbolism in visual art can provide new ways of
approaching this important civic issue and offer the general public a
point of entry into these timely questions.
Foreign Body: Photography and the Prelude to Genetic Modification
January 11 - March 17, 2002
Curated by Carol Squiers
75%January 11 - March 17, 2002
Curated by Carol Squiers
International Center of Photography
1133 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10036
Recent advances in genetic research have brought us to the threshold of
a new era in human engineering. What was once the mere fabrication of
science fiction, motion pictures, and theoretical science is closer to
concrete realization. But the fascination with fantastic human creatures
has also been inspired by the existence of singular people who have
shaped by either accident or nature. Their unique physical
characteristics include facial and body anomalies, extreme height or
weight, wounds and other injuries, and the alterations of plastic
surgery and prosthetics.
The promise of the genetic revolution is that these anomaliescould
either be prevented -- in the case of genetic disease -- or altered, by
85%The promise of the genetic revolution is that these anomaliescould
either be prevented -- in the case of genetic disease -- or altered, by
performing an even more radical modification of the human body: changing
its genetic code. Many observers believe that we are on the brink of
producing a new configuration of the human being.The photographs in this
exhibition will provide an informal history of the unorthodox human body
and raise critical questions about what the coming technologies of
genetic modification will mean.
Foreign Body: Photography and the Prelude to Genetic Modification will
contain medical and scientific photographs, portraiture, and popular
imagery. Among the images that will be displayed are a dagerreotype of
precocious sexual development in a child (1852); images of religious
hysteria taken in the 1870s for Dr. Jean-Marie Charcot; an albumen print
of the brain of Charles J. Guiteau, the man who assassinated President
Garfield (1882); and stereographs of Chang and Eng, the original
"Siamese" twins, taken at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia in 1874.
This exhibition will be the second in a series of six exhibitions
96%This exhibition will be the second in a series of six exhibitions
organized by ICP curator Carol Squiers, entitled Imaging the Future: The
Intersection of Science, Technology and Photography, which will examine
the impact that photography and other imaging systems have had on
humnity's growing knowledge of the very foundations of life.