The Australian performance artist known as Stelarc wants to transform his body into a portal on the internet. The visitors to Exit Art, a gallery in Midtown Manhattan, are being treated to a video of Stelarc's left arm being cut up like a rare tenderloin to implant a Bluetooth-enabled artificial ear. Stelarc's video is one of more grisly highlights of "Corpus Extremus (LIFE+)" , an exhibit about the wonders & horrors of " Post Natural History" & the ways in which technology is blurring the traditional notions of life.
In the gallery, for example, is a goat that has been genetically tinkered with to produce spider silk in its milk. Elsewhere you can look through a microscope & see a movie projected on living cells, watch Russian cosmonauts examining grains of kefir, a drink popular in Russia or to determine the grains' potential worthiness as "cosmonauts".
The foundation idea for this show was that we are permanently in a condition of creating, being excited or horrified by our inventions--say the organisers of the show. If people are confused & left the gallery wondering whether what they have seen was art or science it doesn't matter to them!
Is this art? Readers can decide themselves!