Critical Art Ensemble



GenTerra creates a means for public action in response to corporate control of the practice of genetic engineering. The first part of GenTerra is an installation with information on the current state of transgenics that lets viewers create their own safe, engineered bacteria through the use of a machine. The collective, known as Critical Art Ensemble (CAE) also create testing kits and organic compounds that participants can use to directly resist such transgenic practices as crop modification that damages organic seed stock. Critical Art Ensemble has presented its original work widely in America and in Europe. Exhibitions include GenTerra (work-in-progress 2001) in France and Canada; Cult of the New Eve (2000) in Austria, France, and Belgium; and Society for Reproductive Anachronisms (1998) at Rutgers University in New Jersey.


  • Critical Art Ensemble

    Critical Art Ensemble (CAE) is a collective of five tactical media practitioners of various specializations including computer graphics and web design, film/video, photography, text art, book art, and ...

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  • Steve Kurtz

    Steve Kurtz is a professor of art at the SUNY Buffalo, former professor of art history at Carnegie Mellon University and a foundi…

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  • Steve Barnes

    In 1986, Steve Barnes and Steve Kurtz and began a collaboration to make low-tech videos with students. They credited each person who contri…

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Project Updates

  • 2002: GenTerra is shown at the Gene(sis): Contemporary Art Explores Human Genomicis exhibition at Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington

  • 2003: Solo exhibition of GenTerra is shown at the Museum of Natural History in London

  • 2004: GenTerra is shown at The Interventionists: Art in the Social Sphere exhibition at the MassMOCA

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