EMBODIMENT, ALIVENESS AND AGENCY: ZOMBIES, CYBORGS AND CHIMERAS Stelarc
Melbourne School of Design
The University of Melbourne
Parkville, VIC 3010
MSD, Science Gallery Melbourne and AA Visiting Schools Melbourne presents: Stelarc
We inhabit an age of Circulating Flesh, Fractal Flesh and Phantom Flesh. Organs are extracted from one body and inserted into other bodies. Hands from a cadaver can be attached to the arms of an amputee and be reanimated. By Fractal Flesh is meant bodies, bits of bodies and brains spatially separated but electronically connected, generating recurring patterns of interactivity at varying scales. Phantom Flesh proliferates. Phantom not as in phantasmatic but rather experienced as phantom limbs. We simultaneously function as physical bodies offline and Phantom Flesh online. The body in excess has become a contemporary chimera of meat, metal and code. What it means to be human is perhaps not to remain human at all. In this age of body hacking, gene mapping, prosthetic augmentation, organ swapping, face transplants and synthetic skin, what it means to be a body and what it means to be human and what generates aliveness and agency becomes problematic.
Stelarc’s performances incorporate Prosthetics, Robotics, VR, the Internet and Biotechnology. He has performed with a Third Hand, a Stomach Sculpture and Exoskeleton, a 6-legged walking robot. Fractal Flesh, Ping Body and Parasite explore online remote and involuntary choreography using a muscle stimulation system. Stelarc has surgically constructed an ear on his arm, that will be electronically augmented and internet enabled. Reclining StickMan is a 9m long robot that is algorithmically actuated and can be remote controlled. In 1996 he was made an Honorary Professor of Art and Robotics, Carnegie Mellon University and in 2002 was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws by Monash University. In 2010 he was awarded the Ars Electronica Hybrid Arts Prize. In 2015 he received the Australia Council’s Emerging and Experimental Arts Award. In 2016 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Ionian University, Corfu. His artwork is represented by Scott Livesey Galleries, Melbourne. www.stelarc.org
Date: Monday 12 July, 2021
Time: 18:15 - 19:30 AEST* Melbourne (UTC +10)
Venue: Singapore Theatre (B120), Basement Glyn Davis Building
The event will be held in‐person at the Melbourne School of Design.
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With Thanks, ABP Events Team
AA Visiting School Public Lecture Series:
- Forensic architecture - Tuesday 6th July
- Bio-cultural architectures: Land, politics and multisepecism - Wednesday 7th July
- 90 tons, 656 hours, 51 elements and 20 people - Thursday 8th July
- Unnatural Disaster - Tuesday 13th July
- AI Sampling: On Plasticity and Form - Wednesday 14th July
Image annotation: Extended Arm, Stelarc. Photographer: Dean Winter. Scott Livesey Galleries.