ORLAN Hybrid Bodies

World renowned performance artist ORLAN has an extraordinary body of work, which spans many mediums including sculpture, photography and plastic surgery. She calls her work ‘carnal art’ and views the body as a material like any other.

In this talk, introduced by Jennifer Parker-Starbuck for the Anatomy Season 2011, ORLAN talks about how she has used surgery as an aesthetic medium to think about her relationship to other bodies, other species and technology. In doing so she challenges ideas about the female body, identity, pain and perceptions of the ‘open body’.