TWISTED BODY SUSPENSIONS // Meta.Morf 2018 - Dangerous Futures
Stelarc (AU) and Håvve Fjell with Wings of Desire, Oslo.
Dokkhuset, Friday May 4, 2018 @ 19:00.

As part of the Meta.Morf biennale 2018, Stelarc and Håvve Fjell are producing a new multiple body suspension performance to be presented during the Dangerous Futures Conference program in May 4, 2018. The performance will be site-specific, produced for the Dokkhuset in Trondheim.

The performance is developed based on Stelarc’s idea and composition of Bodies suspended in relation to each other with Håvve mapping out the concept and realizing the idea. The performance is augmented by amplified sound created by the suspended Bodies and the mechanics in use.

Stelarc and Håvve Fjell have previously done three collaborations together, Oslo 2012, Dallas 2013 and Berlin 2017. Each performance is unique and site specific, parting from the possibilities and limitations of the space.

STELARC explores alternate anatomical architectures, interrogating issues of agency, identity and the posthuman. He has performed with a Third Hand, a Stomach Sculpture and Exoskeleton, a 6-legged walking robot. Fractal Flesh, Ping Body and Parasite are internet performances that explore remote and involuntary choreography. He is surgically constructing and stem-cell growing an ear on his arm that will be internet enabled. In 1996 he was made an Honorary Professor of Art and Robotics at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh and in 2002 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws by Monash University, Melbourne. In 2010 was awarded the Ars Electronica Hybrid Arts Prize. In 2015 he received the inaugural Australia Council’s Emerging and Experimental Arts Award. In 2016 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Ionian University, Corfu. Stelarc is currently a Distinguished Research Fellow, School of Design and Art, Curtin University. His artwork is represented by Scott Livesey Galleries, Melbourne.

PS Media was established to publish documentation on the work of Pain Solution and Wings of Desire. As it has become an established part of the Pain Solution enterprise, ambitions have grown and we are broadening our scope to include future publications within the realm of Body Modification, Body Art, Sideshow, and Body Suspension. Our aim is to keep our focus on our own communities first and let our reach spread organically from there. As an independent and passionate publisher with little capital, we rely on support from our community to help us create works that we and our readers want to own.

Håvve Fjell is the founder of PS Media and Pain Solution, the renowned performance troupe in which he has been the driving force, performing all over the world, for 25 years. Håvve is a pioneer in the European Suspension community and has contributed to the education of body suspension practitioners on five continents. Håvve did his first public Fakir performance in 1991. In 1993 he formed Pain Solution, the company has gone through various stages and the Sideshow troupe have seen different members over the years. Pain Solution has performed in more than 25 countries all over the world and keeps going strong.

Zane Cerpina