Louis Bec (b.1936, Algeria) ::: Article
Zoosystemician, researcher. Describing artificial life from the angle of epistemology, he appeals to the methodological matter of modeling, bioinformatics and technozoosemiotics. Articles on the problem were published in several magazines and anthologies, including: "Vampyroteuthis Infernalis" (with V.Flusser, Gottingen, 1988), "Elements D'Epistemologie Fabulatoire" (ed. by C.Langton, Santa Fe: 1990), "Elements D'Hypozoologie" (G.Pompidou Centre, Paris, 1993), "Esthetique Du Renfloue" (ed. by P.Weibel, Munich-Vienna, 1993), "La Vie Artificielle Comme Machination" (Ars Electronica, Linz, 1993), "Des Systemes Technozoologiques Comme Fabulation" (French Institute, Bilbao, 1996) and many others. Chief curator of such large-scale art projects as "Le Vivant Et L'Artificiel" (Avignon festival, 1984), "Art/Cognition" (Aix en Provence, 1992), "Emaitre" (Moscow-Genoa, 1996-99), "AVIGNONumeriqie / Les Mutalogues" (commissioner of the sci-art exposition "Avignon - the Cultural Capital of Europe", 2000), "E-agora" and "Alterne" (London, Lausanne, Graz, Amsterdam, Marseilles and others, 2002-05). Founder and president of the Research Institute of Paranaturalistics (Sorgues, 1972); researches and elaborations in the field of artificial life conducted in collaboration with the French National Science Centre (CNRS), the Laboratory of Photon Researches at the Strasbourg University (ENSPS/ARTCAPI), the Biology Laboratory at the University of Grenoble and others. Participant of numerous international conferences, symposiums and festivals. For the last decade has been coordinator of Art and Technology for the French Ministry of Culture, and expert in new technologies at the Council of Europe.