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Eduardo Kac «Genesis»
Eduardo Kac, «Genesis», 1998 – 1999
1999 | Photography | © Eduardo Kac

 Eduardo Kac

«Genesis» (1998/99) is a transgenic artwork that explores the intricate relationship between biology, belief systems, information technology, dialogical interaction, ethics, and the Internet. The key element of the work is an «artist's gene,» i.e., a synthetic gene that I invented and that does not exist in nature. This gene was created by translating a sentence from the biblical book of Genesis into Morse Code, and converting the Morse Code into DNA base pairs according to a conversion principle specially developed for this work. The sentence reads: «Let man have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.» This sentence was chosen for its implications regarding the dubious notion of (divinely sanctioned) humanity's supremacy over nature. Morse Code was chosen because, as first employed in radiotelegraphy, it represents the dawn of the information age—the genesis of global communications.