I came across this Australian born artist’s website http://stelarc.org/?catID=20247 .
Stelarc experiments with the human body and technology relationship. He is very talented and experienced artist and being an artist here perhaps ahead of the “trend” in the popular culture.
His experiments, some of which are medical / surgical body manipulations are designed to explore the idea of “posthuman” body. Or perhaps, it is a statements that we are all “posthuman” already as Meredith Jones writes in her paper “The Body in Popular Culture” (2012).
His body parts are consumables that he uses to express himself as an artist and create the unique identity.
For example, one of his projects was to grow and ear part on his arm. An ear implant with a wireless connection was put in his arm and could be used as a wireless listening device http://stelarc.org/?catID=20240 .
According to Jones paper “the meaning of body modification very according to time and place” (Jones 2012). I have seen other art works were the human body was manipulated. I guess we will be seeing more of that in the future.
Jones, M. 2012, ‘The Body in Popular Culture’, in Bruce M. Z. Cohen (ed.), Being Cultural, Pearson, New Zealand, pp. 193-209.