The Artist Who Can Lend An Ear
Many cultures talk with their hands, but the Australian performer Stelios Arcadiou claims he could soon be listening with his arm.
Arcadiou, a philosopher and performance artist known as Stelarc, said a surgeon had implanted a cell-cultivated ear in his arm. "The last operation was in September 2006 and it's only now that I'm about ready for the next step."
The 61-year-old, who was born in Cyprus, claimed the ear was grown in a laboratory from cells. He said it took him 10 years to find a surgeon willing to graft the ear on to his left forearm.
When the surgery is complete and his body has produced the necessary tissue, Arcadiou hopes to have a microphone implanted that will connect with a bluetooth transmitter. "That way you can listen to what my ear is hearing," he said.
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