Andreja Kulunčić (Embrio) (Croatia)
interactive web installationClosed Reality – Embrio
24.04.2006. - 29.04.2006. from 10:00 to 21:00
Technical Museum, Savska cesta 18, Zagreb
"Closed Reality – Embrio"
multidisciplinary art project, 1999 - 2000
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. Also, during the first six months 6 presentations and discussions were organized on the topic of cloning and genetic engineering (Centre for Women Studies, Faculty of Philosophy – Zagreb; Cyber club Palach – Rijeka, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Otok Gallery – Dubrovnik, Centre for Peace Studies Zagreb)
Upon that the results of the project were presented in the Miroslav Kraljević Gallery (April 2000). The project continued with series of pro and contra discussions on usage of genetic engineering on humans. Participants included eminent Croatian natural and social scientists and the broader public. In addition to the discussion evenings, there was also an 'open term' in the gallery when the gallery was open for everyone interested in the subject. The gallery space and the selected items – statistics, books, videotapes of lectures and discussions, CD-ROM and web site – were made available for further exploration and use.
authors: Andreja Kulunčić (visual artist, concept & project manager) / Trudy Lane (designer) / Gabrijela Sabol (sociologist) / Matija Puzar (programmer) / Ivo Martinović (photographer)