Two Reviews of Corpus Extremus (Life+), curated by Boryana Rossa
Two Reviews of Corpus Extremus (Life+), curated by Boryana RossaDate posted: 2009-04-14 12:09:00
Image: Exhibition view
Corpus Extremus (Life+), curated by Boryana Rossa (MFA 2007, current Ph.D. candidate)
Curatorial Incubator Director, Mary Anne Staniszewski
Corpus Extremus (Life+) is an exhibition produced by Exit Art, New York
Exit Art Project Directors: Herb Tam, Associate Curator and Lauren Rosati, Assistant Curator
Exit Art, February 28 – April 18, 2009
Essay by Dennis Overbye, for The New York Times, Science section
Luckily for us, the Australian performance artist known as Stelarc, formerly Stelios Arcadiou, is not prone to sensationalism.
He only wants to transform his body into a portal on the Internet. Which is why visitors to Exit Art, a gallery in Midtown Manhattan, are being treated to a video of Stelarc's left arm being cut up like a rare tenderloin to implant what will eventually be a Bluetooth-enabled artificial ear.
Review by Emily Warner, for The Brooklyn Rail
The body's evocative layers of skin, desire, and pain have long been a rich departure point for art-making. We take many of the body's conditions as givens: its materiality, its mortality, its role as both substratum and surface to the human soul.
The works in Exit Art's Corpus Extremus (LIFE +) prod at these givens. The projects here—many realized in conjunction with research labs, art-science organizations, or medical doctors—create entities that are ambiguously visceral: teeming tissue cultures, lab animals, synthetic appendages.