Friday, April 17, 2009

Stelarc and postnatural history

PostNatural History (noun): an australian performance artist known as Stelarc, is livecasting the sounds recorded from a Bluetooth-enabled artificial ear (think of self-genetic-mutilation, art/science, s&m) that was surgically implanted on his arm. visitors to exit art gallery in midtown get to see a video of Stelarc’s left arm being cut up like a rare tenderloin to implant a prosthetic ear (grown from human

Stelarc first casted his ear and then seeded the cast with living human donor cells, HeLa cells, and mouse cells. the cells were then cultured for 3-4 days in a rotating micro-gravity bioreactor that enabled them to grow into a 3D ear structure.
“The ear visualizes that idea that we can now engineer additional organs, Internet-enabled, to better function in the technological terrain that we now inhabit,” he said. “It is also an image of excess, of ambivalence and of the alternate."
the rest of the postnatural history gallery contains other, nonhuman and easier to swallow, genetically genetically f-ed creatures. a goat that produces spider silk in its milk that is useful, and watch movie being projected on living cells through a microscope.

Hello Van Gogh, Can you Hear me Now :: NYTimes

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