Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery


Image of living mouse with human ear attached

Exhibition duration

3 October - 5 December 2015

Gallery opening Hours

Tuesday - Saturday 11am - 5pm.


One evening in October 1995, the BBC aired striking footage of a nude mouse with a human ear growing on its back. This evocative living object became one of the defining images of the late twentieth century, a symbol of our increasing capacity to shape and alter living bodies.

DeMonstrable, curated by SymbioticA Director Oron Catts with Associate Professor Jennifer Johung and Associate Professor Elizabeth Stephens is an event set to commemorate, respond to, and reflect on the multifaceted cultural and scientific impact of the Earmouse. New work commissioned for this exhibition is presented together with 20 years of artistic, scientific and popular culture responses to the Earmouse.

This project has been supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

Image: Earmouse, photo by Oron Catts.


List of works

  • Tané Andrews, 2.0, 2015
  • Art Orienté Objet, Afterman, 2015
  • France Cadet, Dog[LAB]: Flying Pig, 2004
  • Oron Catts, Shanghai Earmouse, 2014-15
  • Oron Catts, Meghan Moe Beitiks and Chris Cobilis, An Ear for an Eye, 2015
  • Oron Catts and Robert Foster, Triptych of Dismembered Immortality, 2015
  • Beatriz de Costa, Dying for the Other, 2011
  • Donna Franklin, EarMouse Such Sweet Music, 2015
  • LuYang, Cancer babies, 2014-15
  • Pelling Lab, Ear, 2015
  • Patricia Piccinini, Protein Lattice, 1997
  • Patricia Piccinini, Tender, 2014
  • Nina Sellars, OBLIQUE, 2008
  • Nina Sellars and anonymous, Documentation images of the filming of Stelarc’s Extra Ear surgery, Los Angeles, 2006.
  • Stelarc, PROPEL- Ear on Arm Performance, 2015
  • Stelarc, PROPEL- Ear on Arm Installation, 2015
  • The Tissue Culture & Art Project and Stelarc, Extra Ear 1⁄4 Scale, 2003
  • Joseph Vacanti’s lab, Harvard Medical School, Objects from the lab, 2000-14

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