– Highlights

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Exhibition

Pipilotti Rist: Sip my ocean

01 Nov - 18 Feb

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Jon Campbell: MCA Collection

04 Dec - 25 Feb

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Word: MCA Collection

04 Dec - 18 Feb

– Learning Events

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Screening

Art + Film

13 Jan, 2.00pm, Level 2: Veolia Lecture Theatre

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Event

ARTBAR January 2018

19 Jan, 7.00pm, Throughout the MCA

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Workshop

Contemporary Kids School Holiday Program

23 Jan, 10.30am, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning

– News from inside the MCA

The Importance of Laughter

We sat down with laughter connoisseur Shari Coventry from Sydney Laughter to discover the truth about laughter and why we need it ahead of this month’s Laughter Sessions. more

Coming up in 2018…

Next year is one of the most exciting and diverse seasons yet. Find out what’s on. more

Six Films that Changed My Life (for better or worse): Antenna's Rich Welch

To pave the way for the soon-to-come cinema binge at Antenna Film Festival,Co-Director Rich Welch shared a few of his life changing films. more

– Spotlights from the collection online

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MCA Collection

Works from the MCA Collection

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Collection Artist Interviews

Watch our latest interviews in the MCA Video Portal

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Joint acquisitions by MCA and Tate

The Program promotes Australian art globally, helping Australian artists reach new audiences.

STELARC & Nina SELLARS

Stelarc born 1946, Limassol, Cyprus. Lives and works Perth. Nina Sellars born 1971, Canberra. Lives and works Perth

Blender (2005/2016) is a collaborative artwork by Stelarc & Nina Sellars. It combines sterilised bodily material surgically extracted from the two artists inside a sealed, air-powered machine. The blended mixture includes ‘4.6 litres of subcutaneous fat taken from Stelarc’s torso and Sellar’s limbs, Zylocain (local anaesthetic), adrenalin, O+ blood, sodium bicarbonate, peripheral nerves, saline solutions and connective tissue’. All this was obtained from the artists’ bodies via liposuction, heat sterilised and then stored in ethanol for display. The sculptural elements in the work are designed to metaphorically represent a human body.

Stelarc argues that ‘the body is obsolete’. For him, Blender is related to scientific advances such as cloning, cryogenics and extended life support systems that suggest birth and death are no longer the boundaries of human existence. For Sellars (whose interest in anatomy is influenced by her former role as a dissector of cadavers for medical display) the artwork relates to the intersection of fat and the techno scientific environment. As she says: ‘human fat is the most circulated, instrumentalised, and contested organ of the 21st-century body’.


Curator Anna Davis on Stelarc & Nina Sellars

Stelarc <i>Blender</i>  2005/2016

Stelarc Blender 2005/2016
mixed media

Courtesy the artists