Friday, September 16, 2005

Artist seeks internet-enabled third ear

While prosthetic surgery is generally thought of in the terms of replacing a missing or defective body part, a group of artists is looking at prosthetics as a means of enhancing the body's form and functions.
The Australian-based Tissue Culture and Art (TCA) project is growing a third ear fashioned out of the skin and cartilage of Stelarc, a performer who plans to implant it on his forearm.
This is the latest undertaking of UK-based Stelarc, whose many projects and performances explore prosthetic augmentation of the body.
At the heart of all his work is the artist's belief that the body has become obsolete and seriously needs to be re-engineered.


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