Look, a new post! Despite being quiet for quite an obscene length of time, we are indeed still around and still doing stuff sporadically. But that’s a post for a different time.
I’m writing today to implore all of you to go and support a new CrowdFunding campaign to get a sequel to Stelarc’s fantastic Obsolute Body: Suspensions book printed. For those of you who don’t know, Obsolute Body: Suspensions has been out of print for ages, and was a rather niche run to begin with, meaning that getting your hands on a copy nowadays will run you over $500 for a paperback, and over a grand for the hardbound! Which leads me to this book. It’s a sequel of sorts, since the first book didn’t contain enough of Stelarc’s suspension experiments to sate the current generations appetite for knowledge on body suspensions. This book promises to include more information on Stelarc’s early work, and then build on that with his body suspension experiments since then, such as Ear and Arm, and also his projects with the Wings of Desire folks in Oslo and Dallas.
Speaking of the WoD folks, they are also the masterminds behind PS Media who have worked tirelessly to both engage Stelarc in the modern suspension community as well as to get this book off the ground. If you’ve ever worked with, or seen any of the work that WoD and Pain Solution do, you already know that they set a very high bar in all of their endeavours. This latest book appears to be no different.
So please, if you are into performance art, art history, body modification, body suspension, supporting independent artists, etc, then head over to IndieGoGo and contribute. I’ve not seen the book yet, but I can attest that every other book from PSMedia is gold, and this will certainly raise the standard.