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Christian Bök

Christian Bök

(Canada, 1966)

For over ten years, Bök has been attempting a 'living poetry' by implanting a coded poem into living bacteria. The ultimate goal? The bacteria writing a poem back.

Christian Bök has dedicated his life to poetic experiments which, in their sheer length and scope, have almost taken on the form of quests. He gained recognition with Eunoia (2001), a book he worked on for seven years. Each of Eunoia's chapters is dedicated to a single vowel, with no other vowels allowed therein. The Xenotext, his current project, is even more ambitious. For over ten years, Bök has been attempting a 'living poetry' by implanting a coded poem into living bacteria. The ultimate goal? The bacteria writing a poem back. In Bök's work science becomes poetry, and poetry a science.


 
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