Eduardo Kac "Plantimal I-VI" 2006
from Natural History of the Enigma series
6 Lambda prints on diasec
16.5" x 16.5" (42 x 42 cm) each
Edition of 3
$35,000.00 for the set of 6 Plantimal photos
A flower containing the artist's DNA in its red veins.
Natural History of the Enigma - Winner of the 2009 Golden Nica Award
The central work in the "Natural History of the Enigma" series (2003-2008) 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 in 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.
Eduardo Kac is internationally recognized as a pioneer in telepresence, bio art and telecommunications art in the pre-Web ‘80s. He combined telerobotics and living organisms with his "transgenic art” Genesis (1999), created GFP Bunny (2000) a fluorescent rabbit called Alba, and Natural History of the Enigma (2003-2008), a flower containing the artist's DNA in its red veins (winner of the 2009 Golden Nica Award). Among recent works are Lagoglyphs silk screens and real-time parametric endless animation based on Alba, and Osmobox, olfactory art that responds to the viewer by opening and releasing an aroma. Kac’s poetry and art expand the limits of locality, light, language, and life.
Kac's work is in permanent collection of Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Museum of Modern Art NY, Museum of Modern Art of Valencia, ZKM Museum, Karlsruhe, Germany, Museum of Modern Art Rio de Janeiro, among others. He is widely published, exhibited and covered by the media internationally.