Ready to see it?
The scaffold upon which the ear is growing.
The ear isn’t functional like the two that Stelarc has on his head, but he hopes that it will be someday. The plan for the ear doesn’t involve the artist listening to anything through it, instead he wants other people to be able to hear what he is experiencing through it. Eventually a microphone with bluetooth capabilities will be installed in the ear, and people will be able to eavesdrop on the artist’s life over the internet.
Getting It in
The ear being implanted.
Through his art, Stelarc attempts to show that the human body has become obsolete. Most of the time, he does this through integrating robotics with the human body. The most notable example is an enormous spider like contraption that could be controlled with arm movements that looked like it was straight out of a science fiction movie.
This is serious performance art!
The third ear is a project that the artist has been working on for almost 20 years. The primary reason that it has taken so long was the difficulty involved in finding doctors willing to perform the necessary surgery to implant the ear.
The ear is not just a simple dermal implant for aesthetic purposes; it is made with a scaffold that allowed tissue and blood vessels to develop within it. In addition to the aforementioned microphone, additional surgeries will need to be performed to raise the ear off the arm a bit more and to add a lobe through the use of Stelarc’s stem cells, according to the Australian Broadcasting Company.
I dunno about this…