Stelarc wears his ear up his sleeve

Curtin University professor and performance artist Stelarc with his ear on his arm.
Curtin University professor and performance artist Stelarc with his ear on his arm.

Stelarc is well-known for incorporating the use of his own body in prosthetics, robotics, biotechnology and virtuality.

He has pushed the boundaries of experimental art for decades and is considered a leading figure in research and academia.

One of his main focuses is extending the capabilities of the human body.

During his presentation at Cecil Andrews he revealed his third ear.

In 2006, an ear was surgically constructed and cell-grown on his arm.

A �polymer, porous scaffold� was inserted beneath the skin and in six months tissue ingrowth and vascularisation (when body tissue becomes vascular and develops capillaries) occurred.

During the second surgery in the process, a small microphone was inserted in the ear and it was tested with the surgeon�s voice, which was picked up and wirelessly transmitted.

When the ear is a full 3D structure, it will be installed with transmitters to |internet-enable it at any Wi-Fi hotspot, allowing people online to listen to what the ear is hearing.