HOW TO AUGMENT, INSERT AND INTERFACE? – In conversation with Stelarc



00:00:00 Introduction

00:03:16 On Suspension Performances

00:10:38 On Representation and Replicas

00:18:54 On Surveillance and Inside the Body

00:25:21 On Space and Time

00:31:12 On the Future

00:36:54 On Freedom and Constraints

00:43:28 On Technological Dependence

00:47:10 On Presence and the Human

00:51:25 On Embodiment

00:55:15 On Art and Performance

00:58:28 On Documentation and Reenactment

01:02:14 On Utopia and Dystopia

01:04:29 On Robot Performances

01:09:46 On Interactivity

01:16:27 On a More Radical Anatomy

01:18:32 On Birth and Death

01:21:11 Credits


In the fifth episode of our momentum series titled, “How to Augment, Insert and Interface?”, Andrea Pagnes (VestAndPage) talks with artist Stelarc about his major performance works and his vision and understanding of the human body. The two artists elegantly slide through the sciences of biology, physics and engineering, to philosophy confronting existential questions about notions of space, time, freedom and ultimately: life and death. They examine and interrogate representations and replicas, technology and the illusion of agency. They see the human in an evolutionary oscillation between the actual and the virtual, within comparative anatomies and the possibilities and limits of the biological body.


Stelarc is a Cyprus-born Australian performance artist whose works focus on augmenting and amplifying the capabilities of the human body. Most of his projects are centred on his concept that “the human body is obsolete”. Stelarc pioneered the frontiers of the human body, using his own body as both a medium of expression and as a host for a work of art. Artist, phenomenon, and articulate thinker, Stelarc continues to generate new scenarios speculating about the body in the technological terrain that it now inhabits. His radical performances often involve sophisticated technological devices, prosthetics, robotics, the internet, virtuality and biotechnology integrated with his body. In numerous performances, he has suspended himself in flesh hook suspensions, and in 2006 he had an ear surgically constructed and cell-grown on his left arm. In 2010 he was awarded the Ars Electronica Golden Nica Hybrid Arts Prize. In 2015 he received the Australia Council’s Emerging and Experimental Arts Award. Stelarc’s artwork is represented by the Scott Livesey Galleries in Melbourne, Australia.


Welcome to the momentum of autumn 2021.





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