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About Eduardo Kac

Eduardo Kac is an artist and writer currently teaching at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. A member of the Leonardo editorial board, he is collaborating with Leonardo to produce A Radical Intervention, a series of articles, reports, images and commentarieshighlighting Brazi lian contributions to new developments in art and technology. Additions to this ongoing project are appearing both on the Leonardo WWW Site and in the print journal Leonardo.

Kac works with multiple media to create hybrids from the conventional operations of existing communications systems, engaging participants in situations involving elements such as light, language, distant places, time zones, telerobotics, interspecies interaction, video conferences, biological elements, and the exchange of digital information. Often relying on the indefinite suspension of closure and the intervention of the participant,his work encourage s confrontation of complex issues concerning identity, agency, responsibility, and the very possibility of communication.

Several of Kac's works, in addition to further information, are accessible on the World Wide Web.

Kac's work utilizing electronic and photonic media has been exhibited widely in the United States, Europe, and South America. Kac's works belong to the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Holography in Chicago, and the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, among others. He is a member of the editorial board of the journal Leonardo, published by MIT Press. In 1995 he received the prestigious Shearwater Foundation Holography Award for his body of work in the medium, and in 1996 he received a grant from the same foundation to compile the first book on the aesthetic theory of holography (in progress). His anthology "New Media Poetry: Poetic Innovation and New Technologies" was published in 1996 as a special issue of the journal Visible Language, of which he was a guest editor. His writings on electronic art have appeared in several books and journals in many countries, including Australia, Austria, Brazil, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, Russia, United Kingdom, and United States. He is an Assistant Professor of Art and Technology at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has received numerous grants and awards for his work.

For more information, contact:

Eduardo Kac
Assistant Professor of Art and Technology
Art and Technology Department
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
112 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th floor
Chicago IL 60603
Phone: (312) 345-3567
Fax: (312) 345-3565
Email: ekac@artic.edu

Updated 27 March 1998.


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