Friday, September 16, 2005

Future being

While it cannot hear, with an implanted sound chip and a proximity sensor, the ear will be able to speak to anyone who gets close to it.
The artist also has plans to couple it with a modem and a wearable computer so that it doubles as an internet antenna, able to broadcast RealAudio sounds to supplement the local sounds that the actual ears hear, thus scaling up the body's senses.

The final ear will go on the armWhy do it at all? "I see the body as an evolutionary architecture for operation and awareness in the world," says Stelarc.
"Alter the architecture and you adjust the body's operation and awareness.
"It's not so much about enhancing the body but rather constructing, experiencing and being able to articulate alternate, intimate and involuntary interfaces with technology - ultimately exploring alternate kinds of embodiment."
Stelarc is a principal research fellow in the Performance Arts Digital Research Unit at the Nottingham Trent University, UK.


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