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Eduardo Kac

Born in 1962 - Brazil

BIOGRAPHY

Eduardo Kac is internationally recognized for his telepresence and bio art. A pioneer of telecommunications art in the pre-Web '80s, Eduardo Kac (pronounced "Katz") emerged in the early '90s with his radical works combining telerobotics and living organisms. His visionary integration of robotics, biology and networking explores the fluidity of subject positions in the post-digital world.

At the dawn of the twenty-first century Kac opened a new direction for contemporary art with his "transgenic art"--first with a groundbreaking transgenic work entitled Genesis (1999), which included an "artist's gene" he invented, and then with his fluorescent rabbit called Alba (2000).

Kac’s work has been exhibited internationally at venues such as Exit Art and Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York; Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris; Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid;Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai; and Seoul Museum of Art, Korea. Kac's work has been showcased in biennials such as Yokohama Triennial, Japan, Biennial of the End of the World, Ushuaia, Argentina, Gwangju Biennale, Korea, Bienal de Sao Paulo, Brazil, and International Triennial of New Media Art, National Art Museum of China, Beijing. His work is part of the permanent collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Modern Art of Valencia, Spain, the ZKM Museum, Karlsruhe, Germany, and the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro, among others. Kac's work has been featured both in contemporary art publications (Flash Art, Artforum, ARTnews, Kunstforum, Tema Celeste, Artpress, NY Arts Magazine) and in the mass media (ABC, BBC, PBS, Le Monde, Boston Globe, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, New York Times). Kac has received many awards, including the Golden Nica Award, the most prestigious award in the field of media arts and the highest prize awarded by Ars Electronica. He lectures and publishes worldwide. His work is documented on the Web in eight languages: http://www.ekac.org.

Kac is a member of the editorial board of the journal Leonardo, published by MIT Press. Kac's writings on art, which have appeared in several books and periodicals in many countries, have been collected in two volumes: Telepresence and Bio Art : Networking Humans, Rabbits and Robots (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2005) and Luz & Letra (Rio de Janeiro: Contra Capa, 2004). Kac's poetry is collected in Hodibis Potax (Édition Action Poétique, Ivry-sur-Seine (France) and Kibla, Maribor (Slovenia), 2007). Books about Kac's work include: Eduardo Kac : Move 36, Elena Giulia Rossi, editor (Paris : Filigranes Éditions, 2005), The Eighth Day: The Transgenic Art of Eduardo Kac, Sheilah Britton and Dan Collins, eds. (Tempe: ISA/ASU -- New York: DAP, 2003) and Eduardo Kac (Valencia: IVAM, 2007).

From his first experiments online in 1985 to his current convergence of the digital and the biological, Kac has always investigated the philosophical and political dimensions of communication processes. Equally concerned with the aesthetic and the social aspects of verbal and non-verbal interaction, in his work Kac examines linguistic systems, dialogic exchanges, and interspecies communication. Kac's pieces, which often link virtual and physical spaces, propose alternative ways of understanding the role of communication phenomena in creating shared realities.

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EXHIBITIONS

SOLO SHOWS

2014
Galerie Charlot, Paris (France)
“Eduardo Kac: Poesia digital, 1982 – 1999”, Oi Futuro Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
“Pornograms: 1980-1982”, Henrique Faria Fine Art, New York (USA)

2012
Kac: Alba & Edunia, Tatiana Kourochkina Galeria d’art, Barcelona

2011
Eduardo Kac, Living Works, PAV / Parco Arte Vivente, Turin
Life, light & language / La Vie, la lumière & le langage, Centre de Arts d'Enghien-Les-Baines, Enghien les Bains

2010
Lagoglyphs and Natural History of Enigma, Factoría Compostela, Santiago de Compostela
DAM Projects GmbH Eduardo Kac, Natural History of the Enigma, DAM Projects GmbH, Berlin

2009
Histoire naturelle de ö'Énigme, Espace d'art Rurart, Rouillé
Eduardo Kac: On the Moon and Beyond, CAM, Chelsea Art Museum, New York City, NY
On the Moon and Beyond, Art Center Nabi, Seoul
Eduardo Kac: Natural History of the Enigma, Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN
Eduardo Kac, Lagolyohs, LAZNIA, Centre for Contemporary Art, Gdansk

2007
Eduardo Kac, IVAM, Institut Valencià d'Art Modern, Valencia
Eduardo Kac,, Fringe Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA (closed, 2008)
Eduardo Kac, Rabbit Remix, C.A. Galerija, Zagreb

2004
Eduardo Kac, Laura Marsiaj Arte Contemporânea, Rio de Janeiro, RJ

2002
Eduardo Kac: Genesis, 1999, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA


GROUP SHOWS

2014
Horacio Zabala and Eduardo Kac, Spaces Of Repression And Liberation 15 May 2014, 21 June 2014, Henrique Faria Fine Art, New York, New York City, NY
Vertigo, SIM GALERIA, Curitiba
Referencias, Obras Y Artistas En La Colección Del Meiac, Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo MEIAC, Badajoz

2013
Typemotion, ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe
Arquivo Vivo, Paço das Artes, São Paulo
From Radiance and Dissolution, Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Berlin
Description, image and works of art DAM Projects GmbH Summer Splash 2, DAM Projects GmbH, Berlin
Libérons la fleur ! dans le cadre de : Je sème à tout vent…, Galerie Martine et Thibault de La Châtre, Paris

2012
Streaming Museum, MOMENTUM, Berlin
Intersections: Science In Contemporary Art, Weizmann Institute of Science, London
4th Zero1 Biennial, ZERO1 Biennial, San Jose, CA

2011
3. Bienal del Fin del Mundo – Antropoceno, Bienal al Fin del Mundo, Buenos Aires

2010
Alter Nature: We Can, Z33, Hasselt
TINA B. – The Prague Contemporary Art Festival 2010, TINA B. – The Prague Contemporary Art Festival, Prague
7. Seafair: The Apparatus Of Life&death, Museum of Contemporary Art Skopje, Skopje
2010 01 SJ Biennial, ZERO1 Biennial, San Jose, CA
Mediation Biennale 2010, Mediations Biennale, Poznan
Black & Brunn, Brunnhofer Galerie KG, Linz
Streaming Museum: The Poetics of Code: John F. Simon, Jr. and Eduardo Kac, CAM, Chelsea Art Museum, New York City, NY
FAX, Para/Site Art Space, Hong Kong
Dopplereffekt, Bilder in Kunst und Wissenschaft, Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kiel
FAX, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA

2009
FAX, Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art, Winnipeg, Manitoba
SK–INTERFACES, Casino Luxembourg, Forum d'art contemporain, Luxembourg
FAX,, Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, Baltimore, MD (closed, 2012)
CyberArts 09, Prix Ars Electronica Exhibition, OK Offenes Kulturhaus OÖ, Linz
Panorama 11, An Archipelago of Experiences, Le Fresnoy, Studio national des arts contemporains, Tourcoing

2008
Imagining Science, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta
The Art of Travel, Black Box Gallery, Copenhagen
SK-Interfaces, FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), Liverpool
Genesis – Die Kunst der Schöpfung, Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern

2007
e-art: New Technologies and Contemporary Art, The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, Montreal, QC
Work Fiction, Kunstverein Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg
13th International Festival of Computer Arts, MFRU / IFCA International Festival of Computer Arts, Maribor
BIOS 4. Arte biotecnológico y ambiental, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo (CAAC), Sevilla
Genesis, Centraal Museum, Utrecht
Secuencias, 1976-2006. Arte contemporáneo en las colecciones públicas de Extremadura, Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo MEIAC, Badajoz
Foto 90, Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro, RJ

2006
Arteast Collection 2000+23, Moderna galerija Ljubljana, Ljubljana
Ødelagte Verdener, og rekonstruktionens utopi, Aarhus Kunstbygning, Center for Contemporary Art, Aarhus
Singapore Biennale 2006, Singapore Biennale, Singapore
Laberinto de museos, Instituto Cervantes, Beijing, Beijing
Zerstörte Welten und die Utopie der Rekonstruktion, Kunstraum Dornbirn, Dornbirn

2005
Pan/Sonic, NIU Art Museum, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
Animal Nature, The Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburg, PA
Subverting Reality, University Gallery, University of Essex, Colchester
Electroscape International, Himalayas Art Museum (the former Zendai Museum of Modern Art) , Shanghai

2004
26° Bienal de São Paulo, Bienal de Sao Paulo, São Paulo
Gene(sis), Contemporary Art Explores Human Genomics, Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art, Evanston, IL
5th Gwangju Biennal 2004, A Grain of Dust A Drop of Water, Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju
El final del eclipse, Centro Fundación Telefónica, Lima
Emoção Art.ficial, Itaú Cultural Institute, São Paulo
gene(sis): contemporary art explores human genomics, Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN
En las fronteras, Villa Croce Museo d´Arte Contemporanea, Genoa
face/off. Mediale Körperphantasien, Kunstverein Pforzheim e.V., Pforzheim

2003
El final del eclipse, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, MNBA, Buenos Aires
A subversão dos Meios / The subversion of the Media, Itaú Cultural Institute, São Paulo
Paradise Now: Picturing the Genetic Revolution, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA
El final del eclipse, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey MARCO, Monterrey, NL
El final del eclipse, Sala de Arte Fundación Telefónica Chile, Santiago
Ameri©an Dre@m: A Survey, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts Inc, New York City, NY
2080, mam, Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, São Paulo

2002
El final del eclipse, Museo de Arte Moderno de Mexico City, Mexico City
El final del eclipse, Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo MEIAC, Badajoz

2001
El final del eclipse, Palacio de los Condes de Gabia, Granada
Paradise Now: Picturing the Genetic Revolution, The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
El final del eclipse, Sede Social de Telefónica, Madrid
Yokohama 2001, International Triennale of Contemporary Art, Yokohama Triennale Office, Tokyo
Interactive Domains, Wood Street Galleries, Pittsburg, PA

2000
Paradise Now: Picturing the Genetic Revolution,, Exit Art, New York City, NY (closed, 2012)

1999
ICC BIENNALE'99, NTT InterCommunication Center [ICC], Tokyo

1997
1. Bienal do Mercosul, Bienal do Mercosul, Porto Alegre

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