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Tasting the Limits
Performance Artists and Rogue Scientists
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In this chapter, Dr Jack Allocca is describing to the author one of the many hunts he's been on with tribes and remote communities across the continents. The hunts relate to his hobby: challenging his notions of disgust by eating what many would consider to be inedible. The chapter presents the highlights of the conversation between the author and Professor Stelarc, who is the director of the Alternate Anatomies Lab at Perth's Curtin University. When Stelarc was amid his series of twenty-five body suspensions, a fellow artist, body piercing pioneer Fakir Musafar in San Francisco, reached out. Stelarc and Jack buck the mould of many endurance athletes and performers, in that they're not tapping into any deep-seated emotional anguish as fuel for their endeavours.

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