Eduardo Kac, Artist and Professor
Art Institute, Chicago.

Missing Alba

While the Avignon Numérique exhibition as a whole went on as planned, INRA did not deliver a rabbit to Kac or to the exhibition. While INRA official Louis-Marie Houdebine agreed that Kac had visited the institution in 1999 and 2000, he denied that INRA ever agreed to create a rabbit for him, much less allow him to present one in an exhibition or take one home. Had INRA made any agreements with Kac, Houdebine contends, they would have signed a commercial contract.

Kac agrees that no such contract exists, but insists that INRA had agreed to make a “gift” of Alba, as part of a more general process of scientific exchange between himself and the institute.