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.






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CONTENTS:

I. LABORATORY: science and technology

Svetlana Borinskaya. Genomics and Biotechnology: Science at the Beginning of the Third Millennium.

Mikhail Gelfand. Computational Genomics: from the Wet Lab to Computer and Back.

Irina Grigorjan, Vsevolod Makeev. Biochips and Industrial Biology.

Valery Shumakov, Alexander Tonevitsky. Xenotransplantation as a Scientific and Ethic Problem.

Abraham Iojrish. Legal Aspects of Gene Engineering.

Pavel Tishchenko. Genomics: New Science in the New Cultural Situation.
II. FORUM: society and genomic culture

Eugene Thacker. Darwin's Waiting Room.

Critical Art Ensemble. The Promissory Rhetoric of Biotechnology in the Public Sphere.

SubRosa. Sex and Gender in the Biotech Century.

Ricardo Dominguez. Nano-Fest Destiny 3.0: Fragments from the Post-Biotech Era.

Birgit Richard. Clones and Doppelgangers. Multiplications and Reproductions of the Self in Film.

Sven Druehl. Chimaera Phylogeny: From Antiquity to the Present.
III. TOPOLOGY: from biopolitics to bioaesthetics

Boris Groys. Art in the Age of Biopolitics.

Stephen Wilson. Art and Science as Cultural Acts.

Melentie Pandilovski. On the Phenomenology of Consciousness, Technology, and Genetic Culture.

Roy Ascott. Interactive Art: Doorway to the Post-Biological Culture.
IV. INTERACTION CODE: artificial life

Mark Bedau. Artificial Life Illuminates Human Hyper-creativity.

Louis Bec. Artificial Life under Tension.

Alan Dorin. Virtual Animals in Virtual Environments.

Christa Sommerer, Laurent Mignonneau. The Application of Artificial Life to Interactive Computer Installations.
V. MODERN THEATRE: ars genetica

George Gessert. A History of Art Involving DNA.

Kathleen Rogers. The Imagination of Matter.

Brandon Ballengee. The Origins of Artificial Selection.

Marta de Menezes. The Laboratory as an Art Studio.

Adam Zaretsky. Workhorse Zoo Art and Bioethics Quiz.
VI. IMAGE TECHNOLOGY: ars chimaera

Joe Davis. Monsters, Maps, Signals and Codes.

David Kremers. The Delbruck Paradox. Version 3.0.

Eduardo Kac. GFP Bunny.

Dmitry Bulatov. Ars Chimaera.

Valery Podoroga. Rene Descartes and Ars Chimaera.
VII. METABOLA: tissue culture and art

Ionat Zurr. Complicating Notions of Life - Semi-Living Entities.

Oron Catts. Fragments of Designed Life - the Wet Palette of Tissue Engineering.
VIII. P.S.

Dmitry Prigov. Speaking of Unutterable.

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