Crossing the boundaries: Stelarc's artworks and the reclaiming of the obsolete body

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dc.contributor.author Van Zyl, Susanne Hildegard
dc.date.accessioned 2010-04-08T08:48:11Z
dc.date.available 2010-04-08T08:48:11Z
dc.date.issued 2010-04-08T08:48:11Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/7944
dc.description.abstract Abstract Stelarc, the performance artist, has since the middle of the twentieth century, harnessed technology to enable an ongoing challenge to the physical body. Embracing ever evolving technology, Stelarc provokes the art world with a series of works that he claims demonstrate the body as limited and obsolete. The body positioned as limited enables Stelarc to seek the transcendence of the same body through the use of the body/technology symbiosis in the form of medical instruments, prosthetics, robotics, virtual reality systems and the Internet. Acknowledging that this body/technology symbiosis has brought with it changes in embodied and disembodied experiences, this study reclaims the “obsolete” body as the lived experiential body by exploring Stelarc’s contradictions both in his rhetoric and his performance. The established contradictions substantiate the body as corporeal and embodied and as necessary to exist in and make sense of our surrounding world. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Stelarc; en_US
dc.subject body en_US
dc.subject technology en_US
dc.subject obsolete en_US
dc.subject transcendence en_US
dc.subject prosthesis en_US
dc.subject virtual reality en_US
dc.subject embodied en_US
dc.subject disembodied en_US
dc.subject corporeal en_US
dc.subject performance art en_US
dc.subject contemporary art en_US
dc.title Crossing the boundaries: Stelarc's artworks and the reclaiming of the obsolete body en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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