Genesis is a transgenic artwork that explores the intricate relationship between biology, belief systems, information technology, dialogical interaction, ethics, and the Internet. The key element of the work is an "artist’s gene", a synthetic gene that was created by Kac by translating a sentence from Genesis into Morse Code, and converting the Morse Code into DNA base pairs according to a conversion principle specially developed by the artist for this work. Eduardo Kac is internationally known for his interactive installations on the Internet and his bio-art. At the end of the 20th century, many viewers were shocked by Kac’s “transgenic pieces”, starting with Genesis (1999), an installation that includes the internet; and later his fluorescent rabbit, Alba (2000).
Genesis was shown for the first time at the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria, and has since then toured the world. In 2009, it celebrated its 10th year of exhibitions.
With the support of IVAM – Institut Valencia d’Art Moderne.
(translation by Leila Bordreuil)