Stelarc

*Warning: some of the linked pictures are very graphic!*

Stelarc has visually probed and acoustically amplified his body. He has made three films of the inside of his body. Between 1976-1988 he completed 25 body suspension performances with hooks into the skin. He has used medical instruments, prosthetics, robotics, Virtual Reality systems, the Internet and biotechnology to explore alternate, intimate and involuntary interfaces with the body. He has performed with a THIRD HAND, a VIRTUAL ARM, a STOMACH SCULPTURE and EXOSKELETON, a 6-legged walking robot. His PROSTHETIC HEAD is an embodied conversational agent that speaks to the person who interrogates it.

Stelarc has a surgically constructed EAR ON ARM.  In 1997 he was appointed Honorary Professor of Art and Robotics at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh.  In 2003 he was awarded an Honorary Degree of Laws by Monash University.  He received a New Projects grant from the Australia Council in 2010 to develop a micro-robot.  Last year he was also awarded the Prix Ars Electronica Hybrid Arts Prize.  He is currently Chair in Performance Art, School of Arts, Brunel University London, Uxbridge, UK.  He is also Senior Research Fellow and Visiting Artist at the MARCS Auditory Labs at the University of Western Sydney, Australia.  Stelarc’s artwork is represented by the SCOTT LIVESEY GALLERIES in Melbourne.

Stelarc in Second Life