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Friday, October 12, 2007

Tut. Artists.

In reading a wikipedia entry on the artist Stelarc Arcadiou, the first paragraph is fairly average, with no surprises...


"Stelarc (born Stelios Arcadiou on June 19, 1946 in Limassol, Cyprus to Greek Cypriot parents) is an Australian performance artist whose works focus heavily on futurism and extending the capabilities of the human body. As such, most of his pieces are centered around his concept that the human body is obsolete. Until 2007 he held the position of Principal Research Fellow in the Performance Arts Digital Research Unit at Nottingham Trent University in Nottingham, England. He has two daughters, one of whom (Astra Stelarc), has continued in his footsteps as an artist."



The second paragraph starts off fairly normal too...



Stelarc's idiosyncratic performances often involve robotics or other relatively modern technology integrated with his body somehow. In 25 different performances he has hung himself in flesh hook suspension, often with one of his robotic inventions integrated. In another performance he allowed his body to be controlled remotely by electronic muscle stimulators connected to the internet. He has also performed with a robotic third hand, a robotic third arm, and a pneumatic spider-like six-legged walking machine which sits the user in the center of the legs and allows them to control the machine through arm gestures. In 2007, he got a cell-cultivated ear implanted into his left arm. [1]



Woah, woah, woah. WAIT. What?!? Blah blah... Entertaining artsy fartsy technology stuff... "cell-cultivated ear implanted on his left arm"??


His works have been heralded for their abilities to embrace a wider audience, the best example of this was his allowance for the worldwide audience to log into the exhibition and thus access or control the electrodes his own body was hooked up to.



No, no, no, stop. Back up to the part where you mentioned the fact that he had a perfectly good cell-cultivated ear attached to his arm for no other purpose than to be a pretentious artist when it could have gone to a burn victim or something... You don't just gloss over something like that with one throwaway sentences then move on!


Weirdo. Ah well, it's his money and he isn't hurting anyone... Except his children who will require some form of therapy in the near future, or else they'll just become artists too.



7 comments:

humble simpleton said...

I recommend implanting an auxiliary brain to his ass.

How about you read about artists who passed the test of time?

Forsoothsayer said...

that's some fucking disgusting and disrespectful shit he did.

TeacherLady said...

Well, I wouldn't go so far as to say he was disrespectful... Just odd. I would have just preferred the ear to go to a burn victim than to him. Makes me think of that old South Park episode with the monkey with 5 asses... *snicker*

shlemazl said...

Chick,

Great blog. I might have to tag you once or twice.

TeacherLady said...

Why thank you, thank you very much. I've seen your name and avatar on someone's blog, can't remember who... Delighted to see you here! I look forward to reading your blog too.

humble simpleton said...

Hohoo, shlemazl is another of the 'sandmonkey connection' (ie. bloggers I found out about at sandmonkey's). And do you remember the 'dildo smuggler' post? In the comments i put a link to another funny dildo story, and that was at shlemazl's.

TeacherLady said...

Yes, Humble, THAT's where I saw shlemazel... Through your link. I knew it wasn't through Sandmonkey's page because the avatars/icons don't show up next to the comments on his page. Cool!