Daphna Margolin was born in Kibbutz Tel Yosef, Israel and is a leading eco-tech artist. Over the years, both her artistic and educational endeavors have been internationally recognized. Her work deals with topics from ecology and technology, the reuse of natural resources and human experience.
Daphna established a private school for the study of environmental and sensorial art (1973); was awarded the prize of the International Vocation Fund for her activities in the field of environmental education (1979, at the Knesset); established Alma, an Israeli Organization for Environmental Awareness (1990), and won the first prize for best short film at the Tel Aviv Festival of Environmental Films, Tel Aviv Cinemateque (1993).
Her works were exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide, including the "Museum of Israeli Art", Ramat-Gan, Israel, the „National Museum of Science, Technology and Space (Daniel und Matilda Recanati Center)“ in Haifa, Israel the "Museum of Fine Arts" in Jerusalem, Israel, the „Salon des Independants Grand Palais“ in Paris, France; the „Museum of Art“ in Tel Aviv, Israel; the „Eretz Israel Museum“ in Tel Aviv, Israel; the „Art Gallery“ in Perugia and Gubbio, Italy; the „Janco Dada Museum“ in Ein Hod, Israel; the „Congress“ – Johannesburg, South Africa, the „Biennale“ in Venice, Italy; the „Documenta“ in Kassel, Germany, and the „Fusion Museum“ in New York, USA.
The arts objects, pictures and photographs of her interactive sculptures examine human senses and deal with the scientific approaches to understand one of the best-kept secrets of the universe - DNA and creation of life.
The work investigates human reactions to the tactile sensations of encountering textures and electromagnetic fields. and deals with imaging versus realities when the former complement our limited sensory organs. The exhibition encourages all of us to look at the moral implications of genetic engineering, cloning and genetic duplication - and think about what's next.
The works pose several key questions: Can technologically-enhanced virtual tactile encounters expand the experience of human touch? Can technology express or invent an alternative for the touch of a hand, eye contact, and direct human encounters?