Eden | Olga Kisseleva | ArtCop21 | Art Museum Beijing Art Academy China

The artiste Olga Kisseleva works of bringing extinct species back to life, or of creating new species on the preexisting base of DNA. A truly artistic utopia, assuming that extinction, can be revoked thanks to the advancement of contemporary human civilisation.

Nowadays, a lot of extinct vegetable and animal species can be classified as being “physically extinct, but not genetically”. These species have disappeared as a result of global warming and its immediate consequences on their natural habitat and their living conditions. Their DNA has nevertheless been safeguarded and preserved in laboratories or museums, and can therefore be reactivated by scientists. Thanks to the advancement made through research in the domain of genetic technology, DNA can be used as a base in the rebirth of the species to which it belongs, the exception being with the dna of animals who lived a very long time ago. That of dinosaurs being a good example; they are classified as being “physically and genetically extinct”.

One of the directions explored by bio-art and the artist Olga Kisseleva is the possibility of bringing extinct species back to life, or of creating new species on the preexisting base of DNA. A truly artistic utopia, assuming that extinction, despite its supposedly definitive and irreversible characteristic, can be revoked thanks to the advancement of contemporary human civilisation. the realization of this utopia therefore allows for the preservation of biological diversity, the reestablishment of weakened ecosystems and the deletion imagined by the damage caused to nature by man.

25 NOV – 27 DEC 2015, 9:30am – 4:30pm

ART MUSEUM OF BEIJING FINE ART ACADEMY, CHINA

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