"Lucy creates provocative and often grotesquely beautiful imagery that suggests a new breed existing in an alternate world.
Trained as a classical ballerina and architect her work inherently fascinates with the human body. The media call her inventor, friends call her a trailblazer. Either way, she relies on instinct to evolve an extraordinary visual path that is powerful, primal and uniquely Lucy McRae."
"The Six Million Dollar Man started off as a novel by [Martin Caidin] called Cyborg, but over the course of its development from book to movie to TV show, it not only changed name, it changed tone.
The book is essentially a thriller that tries to ground itself in reality as much as possible to make Steve Austin a super-spy. Sure he has a bionics left arm (yes, bionics in the book, not bionic), bionics legs and bionics eye. But he can't feel anything in his bionics limbs and his bionics eye won't let him see, only take pictures. And sure, he's very strong, but when he kicks a golf ball, that bionics toe of his still gets crushed by the impact.
It was bionics, but still tried to be relatively aware of the laws of physics and what was practical."
(The Medium is Not Enough TV blog, 9 July 2010)
"Stelarc is an Australian artist who has performed extensively in Japan, Europe and the USA - including new music, dance festivals and experimental theatre. He has used medical instruments, prosthetics, robotics, Virtual Reality systems and the Internet to explore alternate, intimate and involuntary interfaces with the body."
(Contemporary Arts Media)
Fig.1 Stelarc (2005) 'The Body is Obsolete' DVD & CD-ROM
Fig.2 Stelarc (2009) 'Stretched skin' type C photograph, 120.0 x 180.0 cm, Courtesy of the artist and Scott Livesey Galleries
... in 1504 "centuries ahead of its time. The [prosthetic] iron hand not only allowed [Götz Von Berlichingen] to return to battle, but later helped lay the foundation for modern prosthetics. Complete with articulated fingers, spring action and an array of levers and buttons, the hand allowed a degree of control that's stunning even today."
(David Forbes, 12 March 2008 )
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