STELARC, artist



Stelarc is an Australian performance artist. He has used medical instruments, prosthetics, robotics, Virtual Reality systems and the Internet to explore, extend and enhance the body's parameters. He has performed with a Third Hand, a Virtual Arm, a Virtual Body and a Stomach Sculpture. He has filmed the inside of his lungs, stomach and colon - approximately two metres of internal space. He has done twenty five body suspensions with insertions into the skin, in different positions and varying situations in remote locations.

For Fractal Flesh, as part of Telepolis, he developed a touch-screen interfaced Muscle Stimulation System, enabling remote access, actuation and choreography of the body. Performances such as Ping Body and Parasite probe notions of telematic scaling and the engineering of external, extended and virtual nervous systems for the body using the Internet. Recently for Kampnagel, he completed Exoskeleton - a pneumatically powered 6-legged walking machine actuated by arm gestures.

In 1995 Stelarc received a three year Fellowship from The Visual Arts/ Craft Board of The Australia Council. In 1997 he was appointed Honorary Professor of Art and Robotics at Carnegie Mellon University. He is presently Artist-In-Residence for Hamburg City. In 1998 he was appointed a Research Consultant for the Faculty of Art and Design at the Nottingham Trent University.
His art is represented by the Sherman Galleries in Sydney.

In 1994 he participated in :

He also exhibited, made installations and performed for :

In 1995 he participated in :


1968 - 1970 Multimedia Performances
1968 - 1972 Helmets : Put On and Walk, Sensory Compartments
1970 - 1994 Amplified body events (EEG, ECG, EMG, bloodflow, kinetic angle transducers, position sensors )
1972 - 1975 Sensory deprivation events and body suspensions with harness
1973 - 1975 Filming the inside of the body - 16mm colour films of stomach (14 mins), colon (16 mins), and lungs (15 mins). Full body video X-ray scan (60 mins)
1976 - 1994 Lectures and seminars on Evolution, Artificial Intelligence, Prosthetics and Robotics, Human-Machine Systems and Redesigning the Body
1976 - 1981 Third Hand Project (grasp, pinch and wrist-rotation functions with tactile feedback system for a sense of touch)
1976 - 1988 Body Suspensions with insertions into the skin
1981 - 1994 Third Hand events (laser eyes, muscle stimulators and interactive video)
1991 - 1994 Events with Industrial Robot Arms
1992 - 1993 Virtual Arm Project ( a universal manipulator with DataGlove Control - a gesture recognition command language for extended capabilities)
1993 Stomach Sculpture ( a self-illuminating, sound-emitting, extending and retracting capsule structure actuated by a servomotor and logic circuit)
1994 Muscle Stimulator System (for programmed choreography of body motion)
1995 Touch-screen interface for remote access and actuation of the body

1990 Ballarat University College - Ballarat
1991-1992 RMIT Advanced Computer Graphics Centre - Melbourne
1993 Kansas City Art Institute - Kansas City

Major Grants
1972,1981 The Myer Foundation, Australia
The Visual Arts / Craft Board, Australia Council