Prosthetic Aesthetics: with Stelarc, Bertolt Meyer, Lizbeth Goodman and Rachel Armstrong

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 - 18:00 to 19:30
€7.50 (€10 for Stelarc's performance AND Prosthetic Aestetics on June 15th)
Paccar Theatre

Will people equipped with prosthetic technologies soon outperform "natural" abilities? How are we blurring the boundaries between human enhancement and body augmentation? How does the realm of prosthetics merge aesthetics and technology, in transforming the form and capabilities of the human body?  How are artists, designers and scientists joining forces to push the boundaries of prosthetic technologies?

Join us for a panel discussion where we hope to address many issues raised in Science Gallery's HUMAN+ exhibition with legendary Australian performance artist Stelarc (who has had a lab-grown "third ear" implanted in his left arm), medic and TED fellow Rachel Armstrong and SmartLab Founder Lizbeth Goodman, hosted by Science Gallery director Michael John Gorman

Also joining the panel will be Dr. Bertolt Meyer of Universität Zürich, equipped with a state-of-the-art i-Limb Pulse bionic hand, whose recent interview on Newsnight with Jeremy Paxman you can watch here:

We will review the spectrum of artistic and functional body modification, up to speculation on not-yet-possible enhancements to our abilities, senses and cognition.  

SPECIAL HUMAN+ TICKET OFFER: For only €10, get tickets to both Stelarc's performance (June 14th) and the Prosthetic Aesthetics panel on June 15th.  Email info@sciencegallery.com to avail of this offer, or call 01-896-4091 or book both tickets online and claim €5 back at the front desk.

(image by Spiraltwist)

Will people equipped with prosthetic technologies soon be able to exceed "natural" abilities? How are we blurring the boundaries between human enhancement and body augmentation? How does the realm of prosthetics merge aesthetics and technological ability, in transforming the form and capabilities of the human body? With Stelarc, Rachel Armstrong, Bertolt Meyer and Lizbeth Goodman.