"We are beyond thrilled to invite Stelarc and Nina Sellars to the 2018 Arts Lab. Stelarc and Nina are some of Australia's most brave, risk taking and inspirational artists. They bring to Situate a wealth of knowledge in both artistic innovation and festival experience" Emma Porteus, Situate Executive Producer
Stelarc will be attending the second week of the 2018 Arts Lab as a guest artist.
Stelarc is an Australian performance artist who was born in Limassol, Cyprus. In 1970 he moved to Japan and lived there until 1989. He has probed, amplified and augmented his body both acoustically and visually. Between 1973-1975 he made 3 films of the inside of his lungs, stomach and colon. From 1976-1988 he realised 27 body suspensions with hooks into his skin. He has since performed with a Third Hand, an Extended Arm and two 6-legged Exoskeleton walking robots. Fractal Flesh, Ping Body and Parasite were internet performances that explored remote and involuntary choreography via a muscle stimulation system. Presently he is surgically constructing an ear on his arm that will be internet enabled. Recent performances have also included Propel, Re-Wired / Re-Mixed and StickMan. He has presented, exhibited and performed in Australia, Japan Korea, China, Europe, Canada, the USA, Mexico and South America. In 1996 he was appointed Honorary Professor of Art and Robotics at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh and in 2002 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws by Monash University, Melbourne. In 2010 was awarded the Ars Electronica Hybrid Arts Prize. In 2014 he initiated and was the Director of the Alternate Anatomies Lab for two years. In 2015 he received the Australia Council’s Emerging and Experimental Arts Award. In 2016 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Ionian University, Corfu. Stelarc is currently a Distinguished Research Fellow, School of Design and Art at Curtin University. His artwork is represented by the Scott Livesey Galleries, Melbourne.