Meat, metal, and code: Stelarc’s alternate anatomical architectures

Meat, metal, and code: Stelarc’s alternate anatomical architectures

In 1972 the man born Stelios Arcadiou took on a new name. He refashioned himself as the artist Stelarc, whose work often explores what he calls “alternate anatomical architectures.” He’s probed his body with cameras, creating films that lay bare the visceral inner workings of his stomach, lungs, and colon. He’s deprived his body, spending five days with his eyes and lips sewn shut. He’s manipulated his body with electricity, connecting electrodes to his muscles and letting others move him like a drunken, flailing robot. And he’s augmented his body through exoskeletons and prostheses, including a mechanical third hand

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