Wednesday, July 1, 2009

[Yasmin_discussions] Ethnic Cyborg


I thought I would mention Eduardo Kac's latest work

where he has spliced part of his own DNA into a Petunia plant ( yes its fertile)

one can imagine cybernetic organisms which use a plant as the starting organism
rather than a human body

Stelarc has implanted a third ear into his body, but a plant with
fingers would be
a different way of looking at a cybernetic organism !

a human beings we are rightfully fixated on our own bodies, but if we look
at the organisms that have thrived the longest on our planet they are
not primates


Natural History of the Enigma (2003/08) -- The central work in the
"Natural History of the Enigma" series is a plantimal,
a new life form Kac created and that he calls "Edunia", a
genetically-engineered flower that is a hybrid of Kac and Petunia.
The Edunia expresses Kac's DNA exclusively the red veins of the
flower. The gene Kac selected is responsible for the
identification of foreign bodies. In this work, it is precisely that
which identifies and rejects the other that the artist integrates
into the other, thus creating a new kind of self that is partially
flower and partially human. Developed between 2003 and 2008,
and first exhibited from April 17 to June 21, 2009 at the Weisman Art
Museum, in Minneapolis, "Natural History of the Enigma"
also encompasses a large-scale public sculpture, a print suite,
photographs, and other works.
Collection Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis.
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