It is one thing to manipulate living matter be it prokaryotic (bacteria nuts/no nucleus) or eukaryotic (animal/plant) life. It is another to instill a poetic, literary consequence, bringing art to another level. Kac does this marvelously in “Move 36.”
BioArt may only hold promise if there is a sense of poetry, aesthetics, intelligence and meaning. Simply redesigning life to make it look different or using BioArt to blame capitalism, consumerism or the biotech industry for humanity’s inability to think critically about its own conditions is, I believe, a sore use of BioArt when there is so much more than can be communicated to inform, protect and warn society about its possible foibles.
Kac has an amazing ability to apply his vast talent to creating wonder, beauty, poetry, and intelligence. This speaks far wider and louder than being angry at the world and using art to blame.
Thank you Eduardo - you are exemplar!
[…] Rather than scale or aspect, it is the individual units of code and their rendering that is important - this is a form of writing. Particularly interesting when considering such artistrty is the decision to choose one’s own coding system rather than using some standard - Sai’s code, which he terms “arbitrary,” is reminiscent of Kac’s unique approach to encoding the alphabet in DNA - in particular, in the similar decision to remove spaces and punctuation marks rather than encode them. […]]]>