Ars Unleashes Digital Circus of the
by Austin Bunn
5:02am 10.Sep.97.PDT On the opening night of
art festival Ars Electronica on Monday,
performance artist Stelarc attached six
to all his major muscle groups, strapped on a VR
headset, and introduced his new work, "Parasite."
For the next 45 minutes, a specially designed
search engine hunted down images of the human
body from the Net and sent a corresponding 60
volts of electricity into his body every time it
a match. "It's like constructing a crude and
external nervous system for the body," says
Stelarc. After all the involuntary jerking of his
limbs, Stelarc admits he's "fatigued."
Ars Electronica at <http://www.aec.at/fleshfactor/>