HEAR, HEAR: Performance artist Stelarc shows the implanted prosthetic ear on his forearm – the ear will eventually be internet enabled.
HEAR, HEAR: Performance artist Stelarc shows the implanted prosthetic ear on his forearm – the ear will eventually be internet enabled. Gemima Harvey

Explore art at the very edge

STELARC, one of the world's most controversial performance artists, will give a public floor talk and answer questions over morning tea at the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery this morning.

Explicit photographic material by Stelarc is now on show in an adults-only exhibition in Gallery 2, including pictures of his naked body suspended in mid-air by fish hooks and lines.

Professor Stelarc, the director of the Alternate Anatomies Lab at Curtin University's School of Design and Art in Perth, has visually probed and acoustically amplified his body to create a range of art events.

He explores what it means to be human through prosthetics, robotics, artificial intelligence and biotechnology as well as through sensory deprivation and suspension.

The artist caused a furore inside and outside art circles when a prosthetic third ear was attached to his forearm

"With gene mapping, body hacking, gender reassignment, neural implants, face transplants, prosthetic augmentation, turbine hearts and organ printing, what a body is and how a body operates has become problematic," Stelarc said

"We are increasingly expected to perform in mixed and augmented realities."

Also opening at the Regional Gallery last night was an exhibition of recent work by local artist and co-director of Sawtell's First Avenue Gallery Nicholas Kachel in Gallery 1.

Titled I Can Hear You Calling To Me, this show explores themes of personal change and personal evolution, the power of thought; dedication to truth and forgiveness.

The artists will deliver informal talks around their exhibitions from 10.15am to 11am this morning inviting questions from participants.

The talks are free with a gold coin donation.



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