".....The Alternate Anatomies Lab is an interdisciplinary lab that interrogates the aesthetics, the ethics and the engineering of prosthetics, robotics and virtual systems. Its interest encompasses the post-modern condition, post-humanism, identity, embodiment and the evoking of agency in machine systems. Thus it creatively incorporates biomechanics and biomimicry in exploring aliveness with robots. AAL aims to generate concepts of the future that can be contested, critically examined and possibly appropriated."

Read more - http://www.alternate-anatomies.org/

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"I shoot with my cellphone because it is like a periscope, allowing me to stare without being noticed. I look like everyone else who is texting, Web surfing or checking messages.

I also use my cellphone because it feels right to employ a ubiquitous 21st-century tool to record 21st-century city dwellers. Almost all of us have one, and for all I know, someone is recording me right now, as I write these words on my laptop at a small outdoor cafe (under the gaze of a surveillance camera)."

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 Courtesy: Wendy Richmond

Courtesy: Wendy Richmond


The following post has been sourced from research conducted on TrendHunter. Please see: http://www.trendhunter.com/ A lot has transpired since I wrote about aspects of this in my thesis (2003) and a subsequent article with MG Michael in 2006 for the CATAC conference here titled: "Towards Chipification: The Multifunctional Body Art of the Net Generation."

Brands, marks, tattoos and scarification in particular have been around since ancient times but this kind of 'insane body modification' for those wishing to 'extremely transform' themselves is something beyond mere eccentricity. What is this spirit of body modification that has begun to creep into everyday life? What does it mean? Being an 'individual' and 'different' and 'unique' in the crowd is something that is often cited as a reason for implantation- the question remains that if increasingly people adopt these 'technologies' and they become the 'norm' in everyday applications like implants for electronic payment, will these body-modders continue to like their own mods or rush to get them removed? 

"This top list of insane body modifications is full of extremely transformed people. Piercings are no longer simply for the ears and tattoos seem too tame compared to some of these featured mods. Tongue splitting, ear shaping and horn implants are just some of the wild body modifications you'll find in this top list. If you're looking for inspiration for your next transformational makeover, these eccentric features are just what you need. Implications - consumers are resorting to body modification as a method to express their individualism. Consumers want to feel as though they're unique in comparison to their peers. As such, corporations may consider offering personalized customization options for their goods."

Source: Francis Tiangson here

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"Biomechanical Tattoos Seem to be Part of the Body: Biomechanical tattoos are a genre of body modification that reveals “mechanical” and “robotic” images underneath the flesh that seem to be part of the human body. The elaborate biomechanical tattoos are “rising very fast in popularity as the blend between man and machine is becoming ever closer. A relatively new style of tattoo, biomechanical tattoos use some of the most cutting-edge technology in the tattoo industry. I am not much for tattoos, but the awe-inspiring beauty of biomechanical tattoos cannot be denied."

Source: Lordes Sanchez Bayas here

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"..A dominant impulse on encountering beauty is to wish to hold on to it, to possess it and give weight in one's life...There is an urge to say, 'I was here, I saw this, and it mattered to me." - Alain de Botton - Stendhal Syndrome."

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I lost my mother, Susan (Young) Kropa to early-onset Alzheimer's disease in 2011. My mom was a painter, illustrator, author and elementary school art teacher for over 25 years. When she first developed Alzheimer's disease around age 60 the progression was slow and gradual. In the late spring of 2011, her symptoms grew worse rapidly and it soon became apparent she would need around the clock professional care. These photographs are from what turned out to be the last time I saw her.

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"...We’ve created a beautiful smartphone app and desktop software to make storing, sharing, and curating Autography fast and simple wherever you are. Check out our ecographic to learn how the complete experience works together"

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"THE FEATURE-LENGTH DOCUMENTARY FILM MARINA ABRAMOVIĆ THE ARTIST IS PRESENT TAKES US INSIDE MARINA’S WORLD, FOLLOWING HER AS SHE PREPARES FOR WHAT MAY BE THE MOST IMPORTANT MOMENT OF HER LIFE: A MAJOR RETROSPECTIVE OF HER WORK, TAKING PLACE AT THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART IN NEW YORK. "
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"AS THE FILM OPENS, WE FIND MARINA IN THE FINAL THROES OF PLANNING HER EXHIBITION. WE SEE HER FLITTING AROUND THE MUSEUM, CONSULTING WITH CURATORS, GALLERISTS, AND DESIGNERS, CRACKING JOKES AND CHARMING EVERYONE WHO CROSSES HER PATH. AS LONGTIME FRIEND AND MOMA CURATOR KLAUS BIESENBACH PUTS IT: "MARINA IS NEVER NOT PERFORMING." IN A STRATEGY MEETING, SHE SETS THE STAKES FOR WHAT LIES AHEAD: AT 63, SHE HAS LOST PATIENCE WITH BEING A FRINGE ARTIST. WHAT SHE WANTS NOW IS FOR PERFORMANCE ART TO BE LEGITIMATED. SHE IS THINKING OF HER LEGACY––AND THE MOMA SHOW, AS SHE WELL KNOWS, CAN SECURE IT ONCE AND FOR ALL. IT IS ONE THING TO BE "ALTERNATIVE" WHEN YOU ARE 20 OR 30 OR 40, SHE SAYS TO CAMERA. "BUT EXCUSE ME, I'M 63!  I DON'T WANT TO BE ALTERNATIVE ANYMORE!"" More here.

Read more about Marina Abramovic here - https://www.artsy.net/artist/marina-abramovic-1

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AuthorKatina Michael

This is the Stellarc I knew as a budding Arts student at Curtin University, Western Australia circa 2002. A fantastic interview. A real testament to an absolute amazing individual.

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on "Neil Harbisson (27 July 1982)[7] is a Catalan-raised, Northern Ireland-born contemporary artist, composer and cyborg activist best known for his self-extended ability to hear colours and to perceive colours outside the ability of human vision.[8] In 2004 he became the first person in the world to wear an eyeborg.[9] The inclusion of the eyeborg on his passport photo has been claimed by some to be official recognition of Harbisson as a cyborg.[10] Colour and the use of technology as an extension of the performer, and not as part of the performance, are the central themes in Harbisson's work. In 2010, he founded the Cyborg Foundation, an international organisation to help humans become cyborgs."

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"...‘panoptICONS’ addresses the fact that you are constantly being watched by surveillance cameras in city centres. The surveillance camera seems to have become a real pest that feeds on our privacy. To represent this, camera birds - city birds with cameras instead of heads - were placed throughout the city center of Utrecht where they feed on our presence. In addition, a camera bird in captivity was displayed to show the feeding process and to make the everyday breach of our privacy more personal and tangible."

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