Eduardo Kac will give a lecture titled "From Telepresence
Art" on January 29, 7:30 pm, at 160 Kroeber Hall, UC Berkeley. Kac is
a Chicago Art Institute professor who persuaded French geneticists
produce a rabbit that glows in the dark by injecting rabbit
a fluorescent protein gene derived from jellyfish. Kac says
the fluorescing rabbit to start a public dialogue on biotechnology.
Kac's plan to create transgenic animals has generated controversy
he first announced it at an Ars Electronica gathering in 1999.
thing for an artist to experiment on a canvas, but it's entirely
different to experiment on a living creature," said Ellen
of "Close to the Machine." Ullman pointed out that
the harm isn't limited
to the modified creature. "What does it do to a society
to casually create
fluorescent dogs?" she asked. (See Tom Abate, "Artist
Jellyfish Genes to Create Glow-in-the-Dark Dogs," SF Chronicle,
Info on the lecture: <http://www.ieor.berkeley.edu/~goldberg/lecs/>,
contact Ken Goldberg, <[email protected]> or
See also Kac's website: <http://www.ekac.org/chitrib.html>.