Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Eduardo Kac is an artist that was born in Brazil. He lives in Chicago and that is where he works now. He is an artist that also tries to show relationships between physical life and technology. He is known as a Bio Artist. His art consist of technology and science together to make a performance or an art experiment. Kac merges multiple media and biological processes to create hybrids from the conventional operations of existing communications systems.
"Time Capsule" is one of his most famous works. This was a performance piece in 1997. The performance is of Eduardo planting a microchip into his left ankle and after that he registers himself into the world wide web. He performs an interactive webscanning of his body. He registers into a database for pets. He did this performance life in a webcast, it was also televised on Television in Brazil.
He registered himself on to the database above, and this was read in Chicago. The work was to show the difference between technology and physical life. He did this to show how close we are with technology. We are tied to technology. Microchips are not inplanted into humans but they might be in the future, and this is what Kac is trying to express. He explains that, "In "Time Capsule", the presence of the chip (with its recorded retrievable data) inside the body forces us to consider the co-presence of lived memories and artificial memories within us". The memories that humans make can co exist with memory saved on computers.
Both Artists tie technology with everyday life. They both do performances, installations, and discussions where they express how technology impacts our life. Their works bring technology and digital instances to physical life. I found it reall interesting because we use the internet everyday and techonolgy is part of our everyday life. Both works have an impact and show us how technology will only get bigger and soon the internet or anything dealing with technology might be something very physical in our life.