Stelarc: The Monograph (Electronic Culture: History, Theory, and Practice)
William Gibson, Julie Clarke, Timothy Druckrey, Jane Goodall, Amelia Jones, Arthur Kroker, MarilouisISBN: 0262195186;
Stelarc is the most celebrated artist in the world working within technology and the visual arts. He is both an artist and a phenomenon, using his body as medium and exhibition space. Working in the interface between the body and the machine, employing virtual reality, robotics, medical instruments, prosthetics, and the Internet, Stelarc's art includes physical acts that don't always look survivable -- or, as science fiction novelist William Gibson puts it in his foreword, "sometimes seem to include the possibility of terminality." Stelarc's projects include Third Hand , a grasping and wrist rotating mechanism with a rudimentary sense of touch that is attached to the artist and activated by EMG from other body areas; Amplified Body , in which the artist performs acoustically with his brainwaves, muscles, pulse, and blood flow signals; and the Stomach Sculpture , a device -- or "aesthetic adornment" -- placed in the artist's stomach and presented through...
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