EDUARDO KAC

Specimen of Secrecy About Marvelous Discoveries

Premiere : Singapore Biennale (4 September - 12 November 2006)

General view of Eduardo Kac's "Specimen of Secrecy about Marvelous Discoveries" at Singapore Biennale
Eduardo Kac, Apsides
Biotope, 19 X 23" (
48.2 x 58.4 cm), 2006.
Photo: Haupt & Binder
Collection Valerio Ferrari, Paris

EXHIBITION GENERAL VIEW 1

EXHIBITION GENERAL VIEW 2


"Specimen of Secrecy about Marvelous Discoveries" is a series of works comprised of what I call "biotopes", i.e., living pieces that change during the exhibition in response to internal metabolism and environmental conditions, including temperature, relative humidity, airflow, and light levels in the exhibition space. Each of my biotopes is literally a self-sustaining ecology comprised of thousands of very small living beings in a medium of earth, water, and other materials. I orchestrate the metabolism of this diverse microbial life in order to produce the constantly evolving living works.

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EXHIBITION CHECKLIST
(Click here to see larger views of all six biotopes)


Hullabaloo
Biotope, 19 X 23" (48.2 x 58.4 cm), 2006.
Collection Alfredo Herzog da Silva, São Paulo.

Oblivion
Biotope, 19 X 23" (48.2 x 58.4 cm), 2006.
Collection Frederic Acquaviva, Berlin.

Theorem
Biotope, 19 X 23" (48.2 x 58.4 cm), 2006.
Private collection, Rio de Janeiro.

Apsides
Biotope, 19 X 23" (48.2 x 58.4 cm), 2006.
Collection Valerio Ferrari, Paris

Clairvoyance
Biotope, 19 X 23" (48.2 x 58.4 cm), 2006.
Collection Parco d'Arte Vivente - Centro d'Arte Contemporanea, Torino

Odissey
Biotope, 19 X 23" (48.2 x 58.4 cm), 2006.
Private collection, Rio de Janeiro
   
Doohickey
Biotope, 46 X 37.4" (117 x 95 cm), 2009.

See pictures of "Specimen of Secrecy About Marvelous Discoveries" in the exibition "Eduardo Kac: Lagoglyphs, Biotopes and Transgenic Works," curated by Christiane Paul and shown at Oi Futuro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (January 25th to March 30th, 2010).

Exhibition History


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