Cyprus-born Stelios Arcadiou, known as Stelarc, is an Australian-based performance artist whose work “explores and extends the concept of the body and its relationship with technology through human-machine interfaces incorporating medical imaging, prosthetics, robotics, VR systems and the internet.”
He recently generated quite a controversy after having an ear grafted onto his forearm in the name of art. He said that his extra ear, made of human cartilage, is an augmentation of the body's form. Some surgeons questioned whether such an operation should have been carried out, given the absence of clinical need while some patients who had similar surgery to correct a birth defect said she found the artist's work offensive.
Rael made it clear while learning about the attempt to stop Stelarc that “Art should know absolutely no censorship”. He also said that “it is a fundamental freedom for people to do whatever they want with their own body.”
The blending of art and science is highly praised by the Raelians as the message given to Rael by our Creators clearly state that all life forms were created by human beings who combined their advanced genetic understanding with a high artistic sense.
“If life had been created by scientists only, it would be functional and grey” said Rael in one of his recent addresses to students. This is unfortunately perfectly illustrated by the comments of these surgeons from the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons who are questioning the ethics of the operation, arguing that operations should be performed for “obvious clinical or psychological benefit”.
Obviously they didn’t grasp the extent of the psychological benefit brought by Sterlac’s type of art. Because of the two dominant origin of life’s conceptions, people either think that what God created should be protected and stays as is, or they believe we evolved and they are looking for the next sign of evolution for the human beings. We Raelians believe that advanced human beings created us in the shapes we have and the capacities we have so that we can reach a point where we can decide on the next steps of our self-decided evolution. Already we can enhance our brain capacity with implant, we can choose the aesthetic of our own body with the help of plastic surgeons… and we can add an ear on one’s forearm. There are no limits in what we can imagine and do with our own body, and it was meant that way by our Creators. Stelarc’s type of art opens the minds to another dimension not only in art but also in the way the public will consider the human body and its infinite new functional and aesthetic possibilities.