Art professor 'grows' a third ear on his arm

By admin
18 August 2015

For the past nine years an artist from Perth, Australia, has had something up his sleeve.

The artist, known only as Stelarc, has been growing a third ear -- on his arm -- for nearly a decade.

'This ear is not for me, I've got two good ears to hear with'

“As a performance artist I am particularly interested in that idea of the post-human, that idea of the cyborg,” Stellarc, who also claims to be a professor (of Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia) said.

“What it means to be human will not be determined any longer merely by your biological structure but perhaps also determined largely by all of the technology that's plugged or inserted into you.”

Stelarc’s name was originally Stelios Arcadiou but he had it legally changed 45 years ago. He allegedly got the idea of attaching a third ear to his arm in 1996.

But it was nearly a decade later when he found a doctor who would do it for him.

The extra ear is made from biomaterial usually used during plastic surgery.

According to the Huffington Post, Stelarc initially wanted the ear implanted behind one of his real ears but finally decided on his arm because the skin could be stretched more to accommodate the ear.

Gradually Stelarc’s own tissue and blood vessels grew around the ear and today it’s a permanent part of his body.

Now Stelarc wants to place a miniature microphone linked to the internet for Wi-Fi in the ear.

“This ear is not for me, I've got two good ears to hear with. This ear is a remote listening device for people in other places,” he says.

By means of GPS people will be able to keep track of the ear – and Stelarc – at all times.

Sources: CNN; Huffington Post; abc.net.au

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