STELARC is an Australian-based performance artist whose work explores
and extends the concept of the body and its relationship with technology
through human-machine interfaces incorporating medical imaging, prosthetics,
robotics, VR systems and the Internet. The interest is in alternate,
intimate and involuntary experiences.
"Bodies are both Zombies and Cyborgs. We have never had a mind of our own and we often perform involuntarily - conditioned and externally prompted. Ever since we evolved as hominids and developed bipedal locomotion, two limbs became manipulators and we constructed artifacts, instruments and machines. In other words we have always been coupled with technology. We have always been prosthetic bodies. We fear the involuntary and we are becoming increasingly automated and extended. But we fear what we have always been and what we have already become - Zombies and Cyborgs." -STELARC