Wednesday, October 17, 2007

missing something between his ears...

Stelios Arcadiou (aka Stelarc) is an "artist" who is known for his artistic idiosyncrasies. His performances often use robotics integrated with his body.

For example, in 25 performances he hung himself on a flesh hook with robotics attached. Another time, he attached muscle stimulating electrodes to himself and allowed his body to be controlled via the internet.

Now, Arcadiou has a new idiosyncrasy: a third ear that has been attached to his right forearm. The ear was not donated. Rather, it was created in a lab from cells and cartilage.

Arcadiou, 61, spent years trying to find a surgeon who would do the procedure. (apparently arm, ears, nose and throat specialists are hard to find)

The ear, of course, is not functional. However, Arcadiou hopes to have a microphone implanted in it so that others can listen to what his ear picks up.

http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_2549709.html
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7039821.stm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stelarc

Some doctors have ethical issues with this procedure, but Arcadiou turns a deaf ear to them.
(I actually feel sorry for him... he will be the only man in the world wanting to buy three earmuffs.)

3 comments:

Robert Morschel said...

.. and this is in addition to the mouth he already has on his backside.

ChampDog said...

What is the purpose of doing this? Is this called art? *sigh* ...

friendinME said...

the purpose? Well, undoubtedly he would say that it is "art." BUT "art" is in the errrrr, um, ear of the beholder.

of course, the better answer is that he probably did it for the publicity it brought to him. Face it, disfiguring yourself is always a good attention-getter... especially for an artist.

Who knows? maybe he thought he was doing a reverse Van Gogh thing.