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Eduardo Kac

Eduardo Kac was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1962 and moved to the USA in 1989 to study Fine Art at the Art Institute of Chicago. He has represented Brazil and the USA in international exhibitions, but says that he "prefers not to be bound by any particular nationality or geography: I work with telecommunications, trying to break up these boundaries." Kac (pronounced 'Katz') is from the 1980s generation in Brazil who struggled to reclaim political freedom after years of military dictatorship, and his work using new technologies continues to explore issues of information censorship and freedom of speech - he investigates the philosophical and political dimensions of communication processes.

In 1983, Kac  began to work with holograms, and his 'holopoetry' explored the relationship between experimental poetry and new media - his main interest was in the possibilities of using holography as a time-based medium and in conveying "the process of my thought". He made his first experiments online in 1985, and became a pioneer of telecommunications art in the pre-Web 1980s. In the early 1990s, Kac attracted international attention with radical works that combined telerobotics and living organisms. His current practice brings together the digital and the biological, as he examines linguistic systems, dialogic exchanges, and interspecies communication.

Kac lectures and publishes worldwide, and his work has been exhibited internationally, including at the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid; Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai; Seoul Museum of Art, Korea; Yokohama Triennial, Japan; Bienal de Sao Paulo, Brazil; and International Triennial of New Media Art, National Art Museum of China, Beijing. Permanent collections holding his work include the Museum of Modern Art in New York; the Museum of Modern Art of Valencia, Spain; the ZKM Museum, Karlsruhe, Germany; and the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro.

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Chaos - Details


Chaos 1986
12 x 16 inches
Silver-halide hologram, Edition of 2

Number 1 in the edition is in the permanent collection of the MIT Museum, Cambridge, MA.



Tesão (Horny) - Details


Tesão (Horny) 1985
9.75 x 9.75 x 9.75 inches. 24.5 x 25 x 24.5 cm
Minitel Artwork A/P Ed of 2
Ref: EK5
Reabracadabra - Details


Reabracadabra 1985
9.75 x 9.75 x 9.75 inches. 24.5 x 25 x 24.5 cm
Minitel Artwork A/P Ed of 2
Ref: EK6
D(eu)s - Details


D(eu)s 1986
9.75 x 9.75 x 9.75 inches. 24.5 x 25 x 24.5 cm
Minitel Artwork A/P Ed of 2
Ref: EK7
Recaos (Rechaos) - Details


Recaos (Rechaos) 1986
9.75 x 9.75 x 9.75 inches. 24.5 x 25 x 24.5 cm
Minitel Artwork A/P Ed of 2
Ref: EK8
Xorex - Details


Xorex 1982
8.5 x 12.25 inches. 21.5 x 31 cm
Electrostatic monoprint on patterned wrapping paper

Private collection


Ref: EK11
Primavera (Spring) - Details


Primavera (Spring) 1982
11 x 15.75 inches. 28 x 40 cm
Electrostatic monoprint on toilet paper mounted on black paper and wrapping paper
Ref: EK12
2x3X - Details


2x3X 1982
11.75 x 15.75 inches. 30 x 40 cm
Electrostatic monoprint on blue tissue paper over graph paper mounted on black cardboard on tissue paper

Private collection


Ref: EK13
Sunday Mail - Details


Sunday Mail 1982
5.5 x 8 inches. 13.5 x 20.5 cm
Electrostatic monoprint on envelope mounted on black cardboard

Private collection


Ref: EK15
Cartografia vertical (Vertical Cartography) - Details


Cartografia vertical (Vertical Cartography) 1982
13 x 8.5 inches. 33 x 21.5 cm
Electrostatic print
Ref: EK18
Tudo (All) - Details


Tudo (All) 1982
13 x 8.5 inches. 33 x 21.5 cm
Electrostatic monoprint
Ref: EK21
Taquigrama (Stenogram) - Details


Taquigrama (Stenogram) 1981
13 x 8.5 inches. 33 x 21.5 cm
Electrostatic monoprint
Ref: EK22
Telegrama (Telegram) - Details


Telegrama (Telegram) 1982
9 x 6.25 inches. 23 x 16 cm
Electrostatic monoprint on telegram blank with rubber stamps

Private collection


Ref: EK23
Luz (Light) - Details


Luz (Light) 1981
13 x 8.5 inches. 33 x 21.5 cm
Mixed media (Typewriter Art and Electrostatic print)
Edition of 3
Ref: EK24
Frente da Liberação de Trás [Behind Liberation Front] - Details


Frente da Liberação de Trás [Behind Liberation Front] 1981
11.6 x 8.26 inchea. 29.5 x 21 cm
Typewriter Art

Private collection


Ref: EK25
Posição Política (Political Position) - Details


Posição Política (Political Position) 1981
11 x 8.25 inches. 28 x 21 cm
Typewriter Art

Private collection


Ref: EK26
Pornogram 2 - Details


Pornogram 2 1980
8.25 x 11.75 inches
Archival pigment print
A/P from the 2012 Edition of seven box sets

Totem - Details


Totem (3-D Graffiti and photograph) 1980
10 x 8 inches
Vintage silver bromide print

Private collection