The Eve of Genetic Construction

Ah, who knew genetic slicing could be so fun? Perhaps, for example, the artist Alexis Rockman, whose nouveau-dioramas depict pernicious acts of cross-breeding and super-engineered sports stars.

So, what happens when the Adam of the future cuts out the middleman (aka God) and creates his own helpmate and romantic interest, Eve, through genetic re-engineering?

Eve: The Novel by Aurelio O'Brien is no slickly-oiled vision of the future, but a throw-back to the monster truck playing cards of the '70s: walking eyeballs, multi-headed deer, a stink-on-demand skunk, and a real, live beetle car.

The characters in the novel are described as "the same ones who use supercomputers to make cartoons, Hummers as commuter cars and think actors should lead governments; who are simultaneously clever and idiotic, charming and vulgar, childlike and childish."

O'Brien's promo site, www.evethenovel.com, is one of the best use of Flash-as-teaser I've ever seen.

From Lee Potts' blog, The Eyes Have It:

In order to promote his book, Eve: The Novel, Aurelio O'Brien created a number of bizarre animations illustrating some of the more mind-blowing (and humorous) possibilities of genetic manipulation in the forth millennium. It looks like a good story but I can't be the only one who finds that sink animation seriously disturbing.
From the author's description of the novel:
The time is the fourth millennium. The storyteller is a robot, Pentser, a lone relic of times lost, a museum piece of electronic memorabilia, an automated antiquarian of long forgotten information and, in his own humble opinion, mankind's most perfect creation. The premise is simple: what if you created your perfect mate?

Pentser's user, a 600-year-old-but-doesn't-look-a-day-over-twenty man, Govil, is unhappy. Although he--and everyone else on Earth--lives in a luxurious, genetically designed paradise of eternal health and ceaseless pampering, Govil wants something more. He doesn't know what it is, but he wants it anyway.


The Farm, 2000 by Alexis Rockman,
oil and acrylic on wood panel, 96 x 120 in.

Listen to Rockman talk about his art and his creative process.