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11 DECEMBER 2012

Dara Ó Briain's Science Club: The Story of the Brain

"Dara traces the brain's journey from a useless organ once ditched by Egyptian embalmers to the centre of everything that makes us human. Science journalist Alok Jha asks whether smart drugs really make you brainier, oceanographer Helen Czerski explores cutting edge therapies allowing the brain to control limbs remotely and materials scientist Mark Miodownik takes apart a smart phone."

(BBC Two, UK)

Fig.1 this animation is from Episode 5 of 6 of Dara Ó Briain's Science Club, Tuesday 04 Dec 2012 at 9pm on BBC Two, voiced by Dara Ó Briain, animated by 12Foot6, Published on YouTube on 5 Dec 2012 by BBC.



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Simon Perkins
03 NOVEMBER 2010

Stelarc: The Body is Obsolete

"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Fig.1 Stelarc (2005) 'The Body is Obsolete' DVD & CD–ROM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




2005 • alternate interfaces • artistartworkAustralian artistbodycorporealcreative practicedeviceengineeringexoskeletonexperimentalhypothetical questionsintimate interfaces • involuntary interfaces • motion prosthesis • movement performance • muscle • nervous systemperformanceperformance artperformance artistprostheticsrobotic artroboticssculptureservo • Stelarc • telematic • transhuman • virtual bodyvirtual realitywalking sculptures


Simon Perkins
03 NOVEMBER 2009

Marshall McLuhan Foresees The Global Village

"Marshall McLuhan's insights made the concept of a global village, interconnected by an electronic nervous system, part of our popular culture well before it actually happened.

Marshall McLuhan was the first person to popularize the concept of a global village and to consider its social effects. His insights were revolutionary at the time, and fundamentally changed how everyone has thought about media, technology, and communications ever since. McLuhan chose the insightful phrase 'global village' to highlight his observation that an electronic nervous system (the media) was rapidly integrating the planet –– events in one part of the world could be experienced from other parts in real–time, which is what human experience was like when we lived in small villages.

McLuhan's second best known insight is summarized in the expression 'the medium is the message', which means that the qualities of a medium have as much effect as the information it transmits. For example, reading a description of a scene in a newspaper has a very different effect on someone than hearing about it, or seeing a picture of it, or watching a black and white video, or watching a colour video. McLuhan was particularly fascinated by the medium of television, calling it a 'cool' medium, noting its soporific effect on viewers. He took great satisfaction years later when medical studies showed that TV does in fact cause people to settle into passive brain wave patterns. One wonders what McLuhan would make of the Internet?"

(Bill Stewart, 2000)


Simon Perkins

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