Stelarc is an Australian artist performing mainly in Japan, Europe and the USA, incorporating music, dance and experimental theater in his shows. He used medical apparatus, prostheses, robots, virtual reality systems, and the Internet to investigate the alternate, intimate and unconscious joints of the human body. This year he prepared presentations, performances and participated in shows in Australia, the USA, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, England, the Czech Republic and Japan. He used the above-mentioned things to recognize and enlarge body parameters. He is known for filming the inside of his body, twenty-seven incidents involving skin throws, and for building an electronic sculpture and placing it in his stomach. In 1995, he received three years of support from The Visual Arts / Craft Board, The Australia Council. In 1997, he was appointed Honorary Professor of Art and Robotics at Carnegie Mellon University. As artist-in-residence in Hamburg, he completed his Exoskeleton Walking Machine project in 1998. In 2000, he was awarded an honorary degree in law by Monash University. He is currently the head of the Performance Arts Digital Research department at The Nottingham Trent University in Great Britain. His art is presented by Sherman Galleries in Sydney. See his works at www.stelarc.va.com.au
The body is an evolutionary structure that acts and is conscious in the world. In order to change its structure, its awareness must be adjusted. The body has always been a prosthesis limited by its parts. There has always been the risk of automatically programmed involuntary action. A body that acts unintentionally that does not have a "brain" of its own is a Zombie. The human machine is a cyborg. There has always been a fear of being involuntary and automatic. Are we still afraid of what we were and what have we become?