How is it to lose control of the body? And give away your senses to others? Legendary performance artist Stelarc will experience this at the STRP Biennial 2017, albeit at technological manner. The artist wears a HUD (head up display) that enables him with real-time streaming to see with the ‘eyes’ of someone in Manchester and hearing with the ‘ears’ of someone in Basel. Whilst his body in Eindhoven is augmented by an 8 degrees-of-freedom exoskeleton (with a weight of 10 kilos) so that anyone anywhere can generate involuntary movement of his right arm, using a touch screen or the interactive online interface. The artist becomes optically and acoustically de-synchronized and performs partly involuntarily. The performance explores the physiological and aesthetic experience of a fragmented, distributed, de-synchronized, distracted and involuntary body – wired and under surveillance.
Stelarc is a performance artist who explores alternate anatomical architectures, interrogating issues of embodiment, agency, identity and the posthuman. He has visually probed and acoustically amplified his body. He has done 28 suspension performances with hooks piercing his skin. His projects incorporate prosthetics, robotics, biotechnology, medical imaging and the internet. He is surgically constructing and stem cell growing an ear on his arm that will be internet enabled.
During STRP Biënnale Stelarc also gives live performances with his Rewired Remixed body installation on the following times:
Saturday 25 March, 13:00 – 18:00h
Saturday 1 April, 13:00 – 18:00h
Sunday 2 April, 13:00 – 17:00h