Eugene Thacker (b.1971, USA) ::: Article

Culturologist, theorist, artist. Studied English literature at the University of Washington; in 1997 studied at the Rutgers University, Program in Comparative Literature, MA; in 2001 obtained the doctorate in Philosophy from the Rutgers University. In his research work focuses on philosophic, political-economic and cultural matters of biomedical technologies' development. His theoretical works on this subject were published in such books and anthologies as "LifeScience: Ars Electronica'99" (Linz: Springer, 1999), "Machine Time" (Rotterdam: NAI/V2, 2000), "n" Catalogue. (London: Locus+, 2001), "Representations of the Dead" (New York: Popular Press, 2003), "Biotechnology, Art, & Culture" (Cambridge: MIT, 2004) and others. Author of numerous publications in popular-scientific and art magazines, including such as "CTHEORY" (1998), "Theory & Event 3:3" (1999), "Art Journal" (59:3, 2000), "Leonardo" (34:2, 2001), "Dialectical Anthropology" (2002), "Cultural Critique" (Special Issue on Posthumanism, 2002), "Kunstforum International" (Special Issue on Transgenic Art, 2002). Participant of various festivals and conferences, incl. Ars Electronica Festival (Linz, 1999), SIGGRAPH 2000 (New Orleans, 2000), DEAF V2 (Rotterdam, 2000), "FILE2001" Electronic Language International Festival (Sao Paulo, 2001), Technopoetry Festival (Georgia, 2002), European Media Art Festival (Osnabrueck, 2003) and many others. As an artist took part in international exhibitions of network art, incl. the Whitney Biennial (Whitney Museum of American Art, 2000) and others. Currently is professor at the School of Literature, Communication and Culture, New Media Department (Georgia, USA).


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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.

Dmitry Prigov. Speaking of Unutterable.

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