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Transgenic art and science in Eduardo Kac’s work: ethical issues acknowledged

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dc.contributor.advisor Krajewska, Anna Urszula Erasmus, Megan 2015-09-01T06:00:34Z 2015-09-01T06:00:34Z 2015-02
dc.identifier.citation Erasmus, Megan (2015) Transgenic art and science in Eduardo Kac’s work: ethical issues acknowledged, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description Text in English en
dc.description.abstract The rise of the biotechnical and genomic revolution has motivated contemporary artists to explore the use of scientific methods as a medium for art-making. The application of these ground-breaking methods within the realm of contemporary art allows for the distortion that exists between life sciences and the imagination to become a reality. This practice is known as transgenic art. With biotechnology as the new playing-field for art comes a myriad of dangerous implications, ethical issues, questions of authorship and responsibilities. The transgenic artworks of Eduardo Kac entitled GFP Bunny (2000) and Genesis (1999) form the basis of the research. The main question posed in this research explores the purpose of transgenic art and the unavoidable impact thereof on society. Social awareness of ethical issues surrounding this type of art-making is addressed. The poignancy of the study lies in debates deliberately introduced by the artist, but also unintended controversial issues that surface from the creation of living artworks. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (viii, 143 leaves) : color illustrations
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Transgenic Art en
dc.subject Bioart en
dc.subject Bioethics en
dc.subject GFP bunny en
dc.subject Genesis en
dc.subject Genetic engineering en
dc.subject Biotechnology en
dc.subject Kac (Eduardo)
dc.subject.ddc 709.2
dc.subject.lcsh Kac, Eduardo -- Themes, motives
dc.subject.lcsh Kac, Eduardo -- Criticism and interpretation
dc.subject.lcsh Art and science -- Moral and ethical aspects
dc.subject.lcsh Conceptual art -- Germany
dc.subject.lcsh Genetic engineering in art -- Moral and ethical aspects
dc.subject.lcsh Art, German -- 20th century -- Criticism and interpretation
dc.subject.lcsh Art, German -- 21st century -- Criticism and interpretation
dc.title Transgenic art and science in Eduardo Kac’s work: ethical issues acknowledged en
dc.type Dissertation en
dc.description.department Art History, Visual Arts and Musicology en M.A. (Visual Arts)

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