Innovation Gym, with Stelarc & Achilleas KentonisÂ
Thursday, 26 May, 9:00 â€“ 13:00
Within the framework of the Creative Europe programme ARTECITYA 2014 â€“ 2018.
A one-day crash course, delivered by the multidisciplinary artist and innovation mentor Achilleas Kentonis and Stelarc, focusing on the subject of developing an innovative thinking-process in a post-humanoid environment.
Maximum number of participants: 8 people
For further information and reservations please contact us at 22 445 456 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
What is the Innovation Gym?
Innovation Gym is a research lab dedicated to the discovery of new ways to invent and/or re-inventÂ ideas, processes, products, policies and infrastructures, through mind-shifting towards innovative thinking and the use of existing knowledge and experience. Â
Innovation Gym is a blend of artistic and scientific practices/actions, which are applied in the society for the benefit of the people and the economy; whilst focusing on the aspect of social impact. This practical crash course is always custom-made and combined with: a research on the specific topic on which it focuses each time, and a study of the profile of the people attending.Â
Innovation Gym is developed in three steps:Â
How to get new and innovative ideasÂ
How to select and predict which of your ideas will succeed Â
Design the blueprints and plans of your idea in a rapid-mapping approach.
A few words about Stelarc
Stelarc (Stelios Arcadiou) was born inÂ LimassolÂ in 1946 and was raised in Sunshine, in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia.
Stelarc is a performance artist who has visually probed and acoustically amplified his body. He has made three films of the inside of his body. Between 1976 – 1988 he completed 26 body suspension performances with hooks into the skin. He has used medical instruments, prosthetics, robotics, Virtual Reality systems, the Internet and biotechnology to engineer intimate and involuntary interfaces with the body. He explores Alternate Anatomical Architectures with augmented and extended body constructs.
He has performed with aÂ THIRD HAND, anÂ EXTENDED ARM, a VIRTUAL ARM, aÂ STOMACH SCULPTURE andÂ EXOSKELETON, a 6-legged walking robot. His FRACTAL FLESH, PING BODY and PARASITE performances explored involuntary, remote and internet choreography of the body with electrical stimulation of the muscles, while hisÂ PROSTHETIC HEADÂ is an embodied conversational agent that speaks to the person who interrogates it.
Stelarc is currently performing as his avatar from his SECOND LIFE site, he is a Distinguished Research Fellow in the School of Design and Art, Curtin University and his artwork is represented by theÂ SCOTT LIVESEY GALLERIESÂ in Melbourne.