Stelarc (b. 1946, Limassol) is an artist whose works focus heavily on extending the capabilities of the human body. His topics of interest include alternate anatomical architectures, interrogating issues of embodiment, agency, identity and the posthuman. Stelarc's idiosyncratic performances often involve robotics or other modern technology integrated with his body.
For the project, Stelarc writes us about his situation in Australia, and sends photos from his home and of a recent, still active, project: "It's winter in Melbourne now, and we are still in lock-down here, although Australia has been fortunate in managing Covid-19.
I've been working on some online and video projects recently but mostly monitoring and interacting remotely with my 9m long robot "Reclining StickMan" at the Art Gallery of South Australia in Adelaide. This was engineered for the 2020 Adelaide Biennale of Australian Art. The robot is operational 24/7 so anyone, anywhere at any time, can access and interact with it. So, feel free to participate and remote control the robot at – recliningstickman.stelarc.org
Looking forward to returning to Croatia again, especially Zagreb to reconnect with friends. Until then, take care and best wishes, Stelarc."
Artists Respond project was started by the Institute for the Research of the Avant-Garde and the Marinko Sudac Collection. Addressing the current global pandemic, the project aims to virtually present the thoughts and attitudes of neo-avant-garde artists, their energy and the message they have for the present moment. This is the moment in which the world as we know it is on hold and the moment in which we need optimism and solidarity more than ever. We wish for the public to welcome the creative energy of these artists - artists who are ready to point out the state of things, to respond with art and creativity, as they have done in all difficult times in the past.