Stelarc is at it again


Stelarc is at it again. The first time I heard about this Australian, Cyrus-born artist (Stelios Arcadiou) was back in undergraduate art history classes. We were learning about performance art, embracing the technological age and audience interactions in art. Stelarc has been a controversial performance artist, breaching accepted boundaries by using his own body as a medium. His prosthetic arm and prosthetic head are examples of works where Stelarc lends himself, or part of himself to virtual automation at the push of a button, almost like an interactive museum piece.

Even within the context of art, Stelarc’s work is considered self-mutilating, provocative and shocking. Watch this video below! But it raises intriguing questions about art and the relationships of the artist to their audience.

Now Stelarc has found a surgeon to graft a third ear onto his forearm. Although it doesn’t work, he hopes to have a microphone fitted to allow other people to listen to what his third ear picks up.


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