Vincent van Gogh, that great Dutch genius, is famous for a lot of things, one of them being the story of his severed ear and how he cut it off. 100 and something years later, Dutch artist Diemut Strebe recreated the lost ear as a living replica. Using 3D printing and genetic material derived from Lieuwe van Gogh, the great-great-grandson of Vincent’s brother Theo, Strebe created an ear that not only looks like Van Gogh’s part, it can also hear sounds. “The input sound is connected to a computer processor, using a software program to generate simulated nerve impulses from the sound signal in real time. They mimic sounds recorded from an electrode inserted into the auditory nerve, when firing,” is written on the artist’s website.
The ear will be on display from November 7 – December 5, 2015 at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts