Thursday, February 22, 2007
Orlan's Omnipresence (1993). Orlan's seventh "performance operation" was broadcast via live satellite from the Sandra Gering Gallery in New York to fifteen sites worldwide, including the Centre Pompidou, Paris, the McLuhan center, Toronto and the Multi-Media Center, Baniff. Spectators around the world could ask the artist questions before and after the intervention. The operation was performed by a feminist plastic surgeon, Dr. Marjorie Cramer, who inserted implants above Orlan's eyes and in her cheeks and chin. Orlan's "new face" was intended to idealized a different idea of physical female beauty.