Seriously, You’re Growing an Ear on Your Arm?

October 12, 2007 · Print This Article

Just in case you thought the Performance/ Body modification thing was over, Stelios Arcadious is back with a third ear implanted on his arm. Soon “viewers” will be able to blue tooth to his arm and literally hear what his arm is hearing. Delightful.

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From the Daily Mail…

Performance artists are known for pushing the bounderies, but one Australian has astonished his contemporaries by having a third ear implanted onto his arm.

The Cypriot-born eccentric Stelios Arcadious 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.

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3 thoughts on “Seriously, You’re Growing an Ear on Your Arm?”

  1. Michael says:

    Um…So he had an ear grown in a petry dish and grafted to his arm…I’m sure there are a few people in a burn ward somewhere going WTF!! Maybe for his second act he’ll have a series of nutsacks grown and grafted onto his chrome dome. Kind of a turkey scrotum rockabilly look.

  2. You douche bags are missing the point. Stelarc didn’t take away from anyone needing a skin graft, He got funding for the operation and he got it done. Thank god theres people out there willing to do different and original things, This world would be boring as if everyone was like Michael for example :S

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