| The 16 stainless steel hooks were inserted whilst the body lay on the Ear On Arm sculpture. |
After the cables were connected the body was winched up approximately 50 cm above the sculpture.
The body spun one way and then the other for approximately 15 min. When it stopped spinning, and in the correct orientation, the body was then lowered down.
The installation was left in place for the duration of the exhibition with an edited video and an image authenticating the performance.
"The event was both a looping back to a previous performance strategy and simultaneously a looking forward to the Ear On Arm project, exposing the physicality of both".
The performance occurred on Thursday 8 March as part of the SUSPENSIONS exhibition which was from 7-31 March 2012.
"The suspensions are experiments in bodily sensation, expressed in different spaces and in diverse situations. They are not actions for interpretation, nor require any explanation. They are not meant to generate any meaning. Rather they are sites of indifference and states of erasure. The body is empty, absent to its own agency and obsolete".
The exhibition and performance was dedicated to Nobuo Yamagishi, the Director of the Maki, Tamura and Komai Galleries in Tokyo when Stelarc lived in Japan. Yamagishi-san was admired both personally and professionally. He is greatly missed.
CAMERON MCINDOE / FUNDERE ART FOUNDRY:
Ear On Arm sculpture, winching system
DANIEL MOUNSEY & LIZZEL GAY: Insertion of hooks
JASON PATTERSON: Faceting of hooks and cabling
JOHN DOGGETT-WILLIAMS: Video documentation & editing
CLAUDIO OYARCE: Photography documentation
DARREN TOFTS: Catalogue Essay
PHILIP VIRGO / COLOR FACTORY: Photography prints
ASHLEY CRAWFORD: Media
CATALOGUE DESIGN: Wiebke Brix
JASON SMITH: Opening of exhibition
Special Thanks to Nina Sellars, Sophie Foley and Scott Livesey