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Merging man and technology: lecture & discussion with Stelarc

We are excited to welcome Stelarc: an Australian performance artist and Honorary Professor of Art and Robotics. He will share his vision on merging man and technology with us. His pioneering perfomances and installations - for which he uses prosthetics, robotics, medical instruments, suspension, VR, biotechnology and internet to investigate the psychological and physical limitations of the body - will be discussed extensively. Together with professors from University of Twente, he additionally reflects on the implications of wearable robotics.

The Australian performance artist Stelarc has visually probed and acoustically amplified his body. He is well known for his pioneering work and ideas about extending the capabilities of the human body with technology. From the 17th of May until the 19th of August, Tetem is presenting the exhibition StickMan by Stelarc. This event is co-organised by Tetem in the context of this exhibition.

After the lecture, Stelarc, Herman van der Kooij (professor in Biomechatronics and Rehabilitation Technology and Director of Wearable Robotics Lab University of Twente) and Peter-Paul Verbeek (professor of Philosophy of Technology and Scientific Co-director of DesignLab) will explore the scientific, social and ethical implications of wearable robotics during a discussion. Feel free to join us!


16:00 - 19:00
(doors open 15:45)

  • Opening by Frank Kresin (Managing Director DesignLab)
  • Lecture by Stelarc
  • Break
  • Discussion with Stelarc, Herman van der Kooij, and Peter-Paul Verbeek on the ethical implications of wearable robotics.

    Led by moderator Wilja Jurg (director Tetem).
  • Closing, drinks

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Attendance of the lecture and discussion is free. Please indicate that you would like to visit this event by sending an email to