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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!

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Comment by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa on July 17, 2010 at 4:03am
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Frank Shifreen Permalink Reply by Frank Shifreen on May 17, 2009 at 9:49pm
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I agree Krishna. Stelarc did some wonderful performance work in the 80s. I was reading about how he had a severe infection in his arm, he almost lost his arm. It seems like such a waste
Frank

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Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa Permalink Reply by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa on May 18, 2009 at 8:28am
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There is one more discussion on this subject. Art World's obsession---just below this. And what is interesting is all this stuff is coming out of the US & New York. You can go & see them yourself!
Krishna
Frank Shifreen said:

I agree Krishna. Stelarc did some wonderful performance work in the 80s. I was reading about how he had a severe infection in his arm, he almost lost his arm. It seems like such a waste
Frank






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Comment by Shailendra Tiwari on April 30, 2009 at 3:23pm
The conciousness can be reached only through intrnelisation which has elements of spirituality and emotional ritchness. The art rooted in material is like a corpse laying without soule. Art created above is an expression to Zolt our conciousness and provide a shock to divert our attention frrom technology to humane concerns
Comment by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa on April 26, 2009 at 11:05am
Just to create sensation some people go to the extremes.
Comment by Jacques F.G.M. Joosten on April 25, 2009 at 10:41am
This is neither art nor science. This aims on destructive ideas only. Where is sprirituality in this?
Gone totally gone with the black winds in a wronged mind.

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