The challenge is to write the re-joining of body and thought that Stelarc performs. This requires the willingness to revisit some of our basic notions of what a body is and does as an acting, perceiving, thinking, feeling thing. (Massumi, p. 90)
When I refer to the ’body’ in the following, I also imply ’thinking’. And when body and mind are combined, then we are looking at the issue of perception and subjectivity.
According to Brian Massumi, perception and thinking function as a continuum in the conceptual performances of Stelarc (p. 92). The two cannot be separated, but are extremes in the same process. However, they are exactly that: extremes, that we are able to use – ’go to extremes’, as we say.
This is a shared feature of the artists in the BIOTOPIA-exhibition: Going to the extremes, but never crossing the fine line of absurdity or nonsense. The issues are examined scientifically.
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