This was a categorical toss up: mad science or art? Survey sez? Art!
Above it the somewhat self-explanatory "Extra Ear on Arm," by the artist Stelarc. You can catch this work and several other mind-warping pieces at the new show at the Exit Art gallery in Manhattan. From the marketing copy:
Corpus Extremus (LIFE+) features more than a dozen international artists who are using bio- and media-technologies to investigate questions of life and death.
475 Tenth Avenue, New York NY 10018
Hours: Tue-Thur 10-6, Fri 10-8, Sat 12-8
Feb 28 - Apr 18, 2009