Louis Bec, born in Algeria and living in France, is
a biologist and zoosystematician who extends his scientific field with a fabulatory epistemology based on Artificial
Life and Technozoosemiotics. In this
field he has specially collaborated with his life long friend and philosopher Vilém Flusser, who first introduced him to
artistic research on artificial life, and who wrote about Bec’s Vampyroteuthis
infernalis in his book with the same title.
In 1972, Bec founded the Institut Scientifique de Recherche Paranaturaliste, where he studies the incapability of living beings
to understand their own existence: Upokrinomenes and Upokrinomenology.
Within his paranaturalistic research, Bec has developed a
series of potential beings, which he endows with chimerical
and fictional characteristics. This extension of
biological evolution and simulating new life forms, emphasizes on how these could bring forth evolution, a unique search
for new zoomorphic types and forms of communication between artificial
and natural species.
Bec is both artist and
scientist in the field of artificial life and 3D technologies. He is as much a biologist, artist, curator and educator, and has been a ministry
officer for new technologies in arts. Bec is Director of CYPRES (Centre
Interculturel de Pratiques et Echanges Transdisciplinaires) in Marseille.
He has presented his ideas
in many exhibitions, such as From animals to Animats, and articles: for V2_ he published the essay Squids,
Elements of Technozoosemiotics: A Lesson in Fabulatory Epistemology 1
of The Scientific Institute For Paranatural Research in the 1997 publication TechnoMorphica.