Stelarc is both an artist and a phenomenon, using his body as a site for experimentation and as an exhibition space. Working in the interface between the body and the machine, employing virtual reality, robotics, medical instruments, prosthetics, and the Internet, Stelarc's art includes physical acts that don't always look survivable - or, as science fiction novelist William Gibson puts it in his foreword, "sometimes seem to include the possibility of terminality."
Stelarc: The Monograph is the first comprehensive study of the artist's work practice in over thirty years; it gathers a range of writers who approach the work from a variety of perspectives, including William Gibson's account of his meetings with Stelarc, Arthur and Marilouise Kroker's emphatic "We Are All Stelarcs Now," and Stelarc himself in conversation with Marquard Smith.
MIT Press, Cambridge, 2005, 264 pages, black and white images throughout, 24cm x 21cm.
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