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The metaphor of becoming animal till there is no longer man or animal is becoming real with the advances in genetic tissue technology and stem cell research. Artists dealing with hands-on wet biology art practice are exploring the tangibility of such an idea. Zurr looks at issues surrounding such new technology, at the experiment which saw an ear grafted onto a mouses back, constructed in vitro (outside of the body) and the possible future for the human and animal kingdoms.
Published March 2002
The current revolutions in biology and computers, and their implications for ethics and politics, raise a host of new questions for which the arts, traditional humanistic disciplines and Enlightenment modes of rationality may seem ill-prepared. Mitchell questions the notion of the post-human age and the ways in which we approach death as more and more a problem to be solved by engineering and adjudicated by lawyers. Mitchell looks at films such as Jurassic Park, The Matrix and Blade Runner in order to explore some of these ideas and discourses.
This article follows in the footsteps of Julie Rraps Overstepping, the digital print that won the 2001 Hermanns Art Award, at a time when geneticists are close to patenting a hybrid body. This image is a snapshot merging of the developed and the evolved, it can trigger a complex mix of fear and desire at a time when flesh has become protean and everything else morphologically dubious.
Anne Quain is a veterinary student living in Sydney and through this text explores the notion of animal/human relationships and the cloning of adult animals. This idea is discussed in the context of contemporary consumer society, and the question is raised: Might replacing a body become an economically more feasible alternative to treating an existing body? Would animals become disposable? Although she is here referring to a process having only been explored through fiction, she makes the point that it may not be far off.
This article looks at the work of Ella Dreyfus. Her work, she says, is not just about how bodies may look, but about who we are and how people feel in their bodies. Her models make powerful statements about this, through their images and occasionally, in verbal form. Her concern is with the present and actual state of the body, with all its complex and detailed evidence of the life cycle. Recently her focus has been on the aged body and the succession of new experiences that come as a result of living with a growing body.
Bestiality has been a theme in Bronwyn Plattens recent work, with the exhibition The Museum of Love and Romance presents: The Big Horse and other stories... at South Australias Contemporary Art Centre, including works which negotiated this concept. Imagery and ideas for the exhibition were drawn from Plattens extensive research into collections of erotic art in Japan, China, America and the United Kingdom during 2001. This text explores the complex, contradictory and perplexing nature of bestiality and attempts to explain why, despite its status as taboo, it remains a subject worthy of exploration.
What characterises all of Stelarcs projects and performances is the notion of the prosthetic. The EXTRA EAR is a project Stelarc has been fostering since 1997 and the problems lie in finding the appropriate medical assistance to realise it. Constructing the EXTRA EAR would involve a number of procedures, over approximately 8-10 months. Techniques from Cosmetic, Re-constructive and Orthopaedic surgery are necessary. Here Stelarc outlines some of the essential steps in constructing the EXTRA EAR and discusses the nature of this radical project.
This article discusses a specific aspect of the human/ animal relationship and of communication in and between species. It points to a few specific experiments which have been conducted to try and bridge the gap between human and animal connectivity and relatedness. Furthermore it recognises the different ways animals and humans relate to and view the world around them, whether it be via visual, tactile, olfactory, auditory or other sensory devices.
Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane
1 December - 26 January
Nexus Multicultural Art Centre
6 September 7 October 2001
Ray Cook is a Brisbane-based photographic artist who has exhibited for 13 years with 20 solo shows to his credit. Cooks work has been primarily concerned with mortality, loss of control and the way gender and sexuality have been perceived in the media. His images are highly theatrical, staged scenarios, a hybrid of performance and still photography.