Stelarc (born Stelios Arcadiou on June 19, 1946) is an Australian performance artist whose works focus heavily on futurism and extending the capabilities of the human body. As such, most of his pieces are centered around his concept that the human body is obsolete. He currently serves as Principal Research Fellow in the Performance Arts Digital Research Unit at Nottingham Trent University in Nottingham, England.
Stelarc's idiosyncratic performances often involve robotics or other relatively modern technology integrated with his body somehow. In 25 different performances he has hung himself in flesh hook suspension, often with one of his robotic inventions integrated. In another performance he allowed his body to be controlled remotely by electronic muscle stimulators connected to the internet. He has also performed with a robotic third hand, a robotic third arm, and a pneumatic spider-like six-legged walking machine which sits the user in the center of the legs and allows them to control the machine through arm gestures.
Awards and honors
- In 1995 Stelarc was awarded a 3 year fellowship from the Australia Council for the Arts.
- In 1997 Carnegie Mellon University appointed him Honorary Professor of Art and Robotics.
- In 1998 he was artist-in-residence for the city of Hamburg, Germany.
- In 2000 Monash University awarded him an Honorary Degree of Laws.
- In March, 2003, at Ohio State University, he completed an artist-in-residence program.
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