Legendary Australian performance artist Stelarc is known for going to extremes, from aggressive voluntary surgeries and robotic third arms to flesh-hook suspensions and prosthetics. For more than four decades, he has used his body as a canvas for art on the very edge of human experience. In this exclusive interview for the Interalia Magazine, he talks about his life, his work, and his vision for the future.
Transhumanism has been around for nearly 30 years and was first heavily influenced by science fiction. Today, transhumanism is increasingly being influenced by actual science and technological innovation, much of it being created by people under the age of 40. It’s also become a very international movement, with many formal groups in dozens of countries.
Eduardo Kac’s work encompasses many genres. He is internationally recognized for his media poetry, telepresence, transgenic and bio artworks. A pioneer of telecommunications art in the pre-Web 1980s, he emerged in the early ’90s with radical works combining telerobotics and living organisms. At the dawn of the twenty-first century Kac opened a new direction for contemporary art with his “transgenic art”–first with a groundbreaking transgenic work entitled Genesis (1999), which included an “artist’s gene” he invented, and then with his fluorescent rabbit called Alba (2000). His visionary integration of robotics, biology and networking explores the fluidity of subject positions in the post-digital world.
Featuring Ramesh Raskar: Imaging at a trillion frames per second; Olafur Eliasson: Playing with space and light; Harald Haas: Wireless data from every light; Ed Boyden: A light switch for neurons bulb; Rogier van der Heide: Why light needs darkness
Light is fundamental. Its properties have been explored and used by both art and science (for example, Einstein’s ‘thought experiment’, James Turrell’s artworks, ‘Big Bang’ theory, laser technology, altering perception and changing brain behaviour).
What is YOUR VISION for the future exploration and use of light?
The Soyuz capsule roared into the pre-dawn darkness just after 3 a.m. Monday (2100 GMT Sunday) from the Russian manned space facility in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, en route for the International Space Station. Aboard the capsule are Russian Anton Shkaplerov, NASA’s Terry Virts and European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti of Italy. There was also a small telescope, that will be used in an extraordinary project, Wigner’s friends, that will create a universal show consisting of all possible works of art at once.
‘Nature’s simplest atom and mother of all matter, hydrogen, feeds the stars as well as interlaces the molecules of their biological descendants – to whom it ultimately whispers the secrets of quantum reality’. Hydrogeny continues Evelina and Dmitry’s work in constructing art installations that offer ever-transforming phenomena for the viewer’s observation.
First Light Machine is an original work by J. Wingfield.
By lending a voice to the many discoveries unfolding in the fields of quantum theory, relative physics and cosmology, the author invites the reader to explore – through a poetic view – ideas and images as revealed through advances in theoretical science.
Dmitry Gelfand and Evelina Domnitch create sensory immersion environments that merge physics, chemistry and computer science with uncanny philosophical practices. Current findings, particularly regarding wave phenomena, are employed by the artists to investigate questions of perception and perpetuity.
For Chris Wood, her canvas is glass and her medium is light. She uses one to manipulate the other with subtle interventions placed in the optical plane, harnessing patterns of light into exquisite tiny movies or streams of fluttering images, which recall ephemeral glimpsed moments in the natural world.