The Body is Obsolete

Posted by on January 22nd, 2008 in art, body mods, cyborging

STELARC is an Australian based performance artist who’s work explores and extends the concept of the body and its relationship with technology through human machine interfaces incorporating medical imaging, prosthetics, robotics, VR systems and the internet. The interest is in alternate, intimate and involuntary experiences…

stomach sculpture
A preview shot of the artist’s work ‘Stomach Sculpture’

STELARC ‘s site is a combination of ratty looking layout, paragraphs of intriguing philosophy, an detailed biography and some interesting pictures of his work. His articles on the meshing of body, mind, experience and outside influences are hard to read (maybe just for me) but he definitely champions the cause of taking life and body further…

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3 Responses to “The Body is Obsolete”

  1. I strongly recommend the book STELARC: The Monograph for anyone interested in the work of this artist and Grinder. The book, which was published only three months ago from MIT Press, is detailed, inexpensive, has lots of relevant pictures, and the foreword by William Gibson is interesting in and of itself.

    (Link above to Amazon)

  2. nice recommendation Steve B, thanks!
    will have to add that to my next bulk order from Amazon

  3. Not to mention he’s been thinking along these lines since forever. Which is probably part of why his stuff is a bit hard to dive into – he’s grown up with all these recent technological leaps, all the time considering how each new technology interacts with the body.

    And Thanks for the tip on the book. Didn’t know there was something like that out there.