Experimenta Social #27
Fleshy, Fractal & Phantom Bodies
Experimenta Social presents Australia’s most innovative performance artist, Stelarc. Exploring the intersection of technology and the human body, this special in-conversation event will discuss how embodiment, agency and even aliveness become problematic in a time of circulating and fractal flesh.
The human body is increasingly navigating spaces from nano-scales to virtual non-places, stretched beneath and beyond its skin and the local space it inhabits. We live in a world of floating signifiers, in which the body, Stelarc tells us, experiences itself as a hollow body, with an extruded self — an experience of intense emptiness that is an inevitable outcome of an age of excess. Stelarc’s practice demonstrates that, in this flickering world between presence and absence, between digital and biological time and space, the body can only resort to performing with a posture of indifference.
Experimenta Social is presented in partnership with ACMI X, and supported by Marc Besen AC and Eva Besen AO.
About the Speakers
Stelarc is an artist who interrogates the limitations of the human body and its augmentation with technology. He has visually probed and acoustically amplified his body. He has used prosthetics, robotics and biotechnology to explore alternate anatomical architectures. In 1996 he was made an Honorary Professor of Art and Robotics, Carnegie Mellon University and in 2002 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws by Monash University. In 2010 he was awarded the Ars Electronica Hybrid Arts Prize. In 2015 he received the Australia Council’s Emerging and Experimental Arts Award. In 2016 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Ionian University, Corfu. His artwork is represented by Scott Livesey Galleries, Melbourne.