LAZNIA 1 2014 - Meat, Metal & Code: Contestable Chimeras
Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art , 1 Jaskółcza Str., Gdańsk – LOWER TOWN
17.05 – 13.07.2014
Opening: 16 May 2014, 6 pm
Curator: Ryszard W. Kluszczyński
Co-ordination: Krzysztof Miękus, Karolina Wirkus, Wojciech Skrzypczyński
Honorary Patronage of the President of Poland Bronislaw Komorowski
The exhibition highlights the most important robotic works of the Australian artist, e.g. “Exoskeleton”, “Prosthetic Head”, “Walking Head Robot”, “Extended Arm”. It includes documentation of other works and performances as well. Stelarc (born 1946) is among the most notable and versatile contemporary artists. The core thread of his work is focused on the body and its limitations. The artist explores the alternative anatomic architectures.
The Art+Science Meeting project has been subsidized by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.
Stelarc – artist explores alternate anatomical architectures. He has performed with a THIRD HAND, a STOMACH SCULPTURE and EXOSKELETON, a 6-legged robot. Performances such as FRACTAL FLESH remotely actuate the body with electrical stimulation. PING BODY and PARASITE explore the body choreographed by internet data streams. PROSTHETIC HEAD, a conversational agent that speaks to the person who interrogates it, now has further embodiments with the ARTICULATED HEAD, the FLOATING HEAD and SWARMING HEADS. EAR ON ARM is a surgical and cell-grown construct that will be internet-enabled, for people in other places. In 2000 he was awarded an Honorary Degree of Laws by Monash University. Stelarc is presently Chair in Performance Art, Brunel University West London. In 2010 he received a Special Projects Grant from the Australia Council and was also awarded the Ars Electronica Hybrid Arts Prize. His artwork is represented by SCOTT LIVESEY GALLERIES, Melbourne.
Municipal Institution of Culture