Digital Culture –| 2008

electronic art, technology and culture

THe ‘Third ear’

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The earliest ‘Cyborg’ was from Manfred Clynes and Nathan Kline in 1960. i think the Performance artists Stelios Arcadious’s ‘third ear’ referring to the earliest ‘Cyborg’ concept. he has had the ear created in a lab from cells and implanted into his skin, but he spent 10 years searching for a surgeon willing to perform the controversial operation.

He got his wish after working as a Research Fellow at Nottingham Trent University’s Digital Research Unit. The ear was grown in a lab from cells and implanted into the 61-year-olds left forearm in 2006.

Mr Arcadious said he thought art “should be more than simply illustrating ideas.” Once the ear has fully developed he hopes to get a microphone implanted as well.

“It is more of a relief at present than an ear but it is still recognisable as an ear,” he said.

“The last operation was in September 2006 and its only now that I’m about ready for the next step.

“I hope to have a tiny microphone implanted to it that will connect with a bluetooth transmitter; that way you can listen to what my ear is hearing.”

An audience in Newcastle Centre For Life was introduced to Stelarc’s latest project, a ‘walking head’ robot which will be a feature there for a month. The six legged robot with its head on a screen is one of the highlights of the Dott 07 design festival.

It is programmed to respond to someone entering the room, so every visitor will be treated to a little robot dance.


also he gave a presentation ‘Visions and Imagination: Advanced ICT in Art and Science‘ at Tesla Symposium on 24 November 2007.

if you want to watch the Video, please click here.

Written by kerrylin2008

September 16, 2008 at 2:38 am

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  1. Eeeeeeeeeewwwwwwwww, THAT IS DISGUSTING, i can barely accept human organs grow in different parts from where they originally be.


    September 16, 2008 at 3:46 am

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