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Stelarc: The Monograph (Electronic Culture: History, Theory, and Practice)

ISBN13: 9780262195188
ISBN: 0262195186
Binding: Hardcover
List Price: $30.0
Publisher: The MIT Press
Published Date:
Pages: 272
Average Goodreads rating: 4.33/5 (18 ratings)

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 manipulable robotic arm attached to the artist and activated by EMG from other body areas or tele-operated by others; Amplified Body, the artist's amplified brainwaves, muscles, pulse, and blood flow; and Stomach Sculptures, devices--or aesthetic adornments - placed in the artist's stomach and presented through video.