Radical Ecologies will feature an exciting and ambitious new project from Stelarc, one of the world’s most prolific bio-artists famous for technological interventions to his own body.
Titled Re-Wired / Re-Mixed: Event for Dismembered Body, 3-7 August, is a five-day internet enabled performance, that explores the physiological and aesthetic experience of a fragmented, distributed, de-synchronized, distracted and involuntary body – wired and under surveillance. The artist wears a HUD (head up display) that enables him to see with the “eyes” of someone in London, whilst hearing with the “ears” of someone in New York. The body is also augmented by an 8 degrees-of-freedom exoskeleton so that anyone anywhere can generate involuntary movement of his right arm, using an on-line interface. The artist becomes optically and acoustically de-synchronized and performs partly involuntarily. It’s as if the body has been electronically dismembered, spatially distributed and possessed with multiple agency.
Throughout the exhibition you can send commands to Stelarc’s Robotic Arm using an online interface, even when Stelarc is not there. View the robot moving to your commands in the PICA gallery at PICA via a live video stream: