Movimento de Arte Pornô
offset printed, soft cover, 40 pp, SIGNED by Kac
6h x 4w in
15.24h x 10.16w cm
edition of 200
For Brazilians, the number 24 is associated with deer ("veado," in Portuguese) in the illegal but ubiquitous gambling game Jogo do Bicho (“Animals' Game”). Both the number 24 and the word "veado" (and its common mispelling “viado”) are slang for gay males. Such direct references fill the pages of this book which includes 24 poems along with drawings. The back cover features a photograph of Eduardo Kac performing in 1981. The text on the t-shirt he is wearing spells out “Filosofia,” his now classic porn poem which has become a national saying.
24 is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), Reina Sofia Museum (Madrid).
Eduardo Kac is internationally recognized for his groundbreaking and influential contributions to the development of contemporary art and poetry. In 1997, Kac sent shockwaves across the world by becoming the first human to implant a digital microchip through his work Time Capsule. It was also in 1997, in the context of Time Capsule, that he coined the term Bio Art, thus igniting the widespread development of this new art form. In 1999, he created the artwork Genesis, in which he encoded an English statement into living bacteria, allowed Internet participants to mutate the bacteria, and then decoded the mutant DNA back into altered English. In 2000, Kac made what many consider his most famous work; entitled GFP Bunny, it is comprised of a green fluorescent rabbit called Alba. By splicing jellyfish and rabbit DNA, he originated the first mammal in the history of art. Kac’s 2009 work Natural History of the Enigma, in which he created a new flower with his own DNA, earned him the Golden Nica Award, the most prestigious award in the field of media arts and the highest prize awarded by Ars Electronica. In 2017, the New York Times published a full-page article about Kac’s Inner Telescope, a work he conceived for and realized in outer space with the cooperation of French astronaut Thomas Pesquet. His work is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York; Tate Modern, London; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; the Museum of Modern Art of Valencia, Spain; the ZKM Museum, Karlsruhe, Germany; and the Museum of Contemporary Art of São Paulo, among others.