Multidisciplinary art project:
"CLOSED REALITY - EMBRYO"
1999 - 2000
If we knew the human DNA and
could manipulate the genetic code, the future generations might be at
our mercy, and that of the imperfect society that we are constituting...
The project is not a fictive game with still unexamined possibilities
of genetics and it does not aim to popularize scientific discoveries.
It is rather a sort of experimental observation of the development of
consciousness and science. It raises a simple question: To what extent
are we prepared to participate in all that we have made possible and
that we yearn to make possible for ourselves?
The project is based on an interactive game played on the Internet.
Choosing among different genetically determined traits the players (participants
in the project) create virtual embryos - their own virtual progeny.
The created embryos are exhibited in an "embryo gallery".
In the second phase of the project
the society of virtual people created by Internet users is compared
with the inhabitants of a "real" society.
Monthly reports containing data analyses were issued during the first
6 months of the project.
All Internet users willing to
take part in the project are invited to join the mailing list, discuss
the actual issues of genetic engineering and cloning, comment on the
presented ideas, etc.
During the first six
months presentations and discussions have been organized on the topic
of cloning and genetic engineering. (We taped all of the presentations
and discussions and exhibited them as part of the "workspace" in the
- February 24. Presentation
in Center for Women Studies, Zagreb.
- March 15. Discussion evening on Filozofski fakultet (Faculty of Philosophy)
Subject: "Human Genetic Engineering in Ethical Perspective".
Introductory lecture by Tomislav Janovic (philosopher) and Darko Polsek
- March 17. Presentation and Discussion in cyber-club Palach, Rijeka
subject: "Genetic Manipulation and the Future Generations' Right to
Introductory Lecture by Elvio Baccarini, bioethicist.
- March 21. Presentation and Discussion on the Faculty of Natural Sciences
and Mathematics, in coordination with the biology students' BIUS club.
Lecture by prof. Oskar Springer.
- March 25. Presentation in Otok gallery, Dubrovnik, organized by Slaven
Tolj as part of the art weekend workshop Lazareti.
- March 27. Discussion at Peace Studies (Mirovni studiji), Zagreb.
Introductory lecture by Toni Vidan, from Green Action (Zelena akcija).
April 11-April 21. Kraljevic
A series of discussions on genetic engineering and cloning. (see
Participants: the most eminent Croatian natural and social scientists
and broader public.
In addition to the discussion evenings, there was also an "open term"
in the gallery: the gallery was open for everyone interested in the
subject. The visitors could organize their own presentation, talk, discussion,
or workshop. The gallery space and the selected (statistics, books,
videotapes of lectures and discussions, CD-ROM and web site) were made
available for further exploration and use. This material was conceived
as the extension of the project.
About the authors
A project by the same authors: Distributive Justice (www.distributive-justice.com)
- June 1999. Rome, Italy
Biennial of Young Artists of Europe and Mediterranean
(the project was presented in demo version)
- 1. 10. 1999. Zagreb,
Miroslav Kraljevic Gallery
(opening on the web)
- October 27 - 31, Luzern, Switzerland
VIPER '99 (19. International Festival for Film and New Media)
- December 10 - 12, 1999 Athens, Greece
Medi@terra 99 (5th place)
February 2000, Zagreb,
second award on the croatian net.art competition
- April 11 - 21, 2000,
gallery Miroslav Kraljevic, presentation of the 6 months cycle
May 3-7, 2000, Osnabruck, Germany
EMAF - European Media Art Festival 2000
- August 2000, Sao
as invited work on FILE Electronic Language International Festival
- April/May 2000, Sarajevo, BiH
- July 2000, Rijeka, HR
- September 2000, Split, Croatia
Croatia 5th International Festival of New Film
GrandPrix in new media category
- November, 2000, Los Angeles, USA
The Brewery Project
- May - August, 2001. Vienna, Austria
- winter/summer 2001. New York, USA
"The Alternative Museum"
- July, 2001, Skoplje, Macedonia
- October 2001. Zagreb, Croatia
Museum of Contemporary Art
"To Tell a Story"
- November, 2001. Lisbon, Portugal
Video Lisboa 2001
2001, Udine, Italy
Italy Neoassociazione culturale
2000. Zagreb, Croatia
Croatian net.art Competition,
2000. Split, Croatia
GrandPrix in new media category
5th International Festival of New Film
2001. Jaipur, India
"Talking about future"