Stelios Arcadiou, or Stelarc as he has been legally known for much of his adult life, is a hard man to define.
Part artist, part academic, part scientist, he is perhaps most easily associated with some of the more extraordinary things he has done with his body, including suspending it impaled on shark hooks in an ode to its limits.
More recently, however, the 67-year-old has gained attention - disbelieving or otherwise - for surgically implanting into his arm an ear that had been grown using laboratory cells.
Stelarc said the decision to implant the ear was as practical as it was experimental because through his work he aimed to study how the body could be helped by things such as prosthetics, or "alternate anatomical architectures".
He even plans to take his latest experiment a step further by attaching a transmitter to the ear and allowing people to listen through it on the internet.
When asked why, Stelarc said it was merely a different and more artistic way of trying to better understand important questions, instead of relying purely on medical scientists and engineers.
"As an artist I'm interested in initiating creative and new ideas and certainly to perform with these devices," he said.
"But the history of my work has indicated that all of these projects have generated interest in the scientific community and the university research community where some of my projects have been research platforms." The comments from Stelarc come as he settles into a new role at Curtin University, where he has been appointed a distinguished research fellow.
He had been living in Melbourne, where he grew up after emigrating with his family from Cyprus, before Curtin brought him to Perth in July.
"He is a world leader in contemporary art and one of the world's foremost artists working in the space where digital culture intersects with the body," Curtin's head of art and design, Julian Goddard, said.
"His interdisciplinary practice as an artist means he is able to initiate collaborations across the University in areas such as Engineering, Science and Health.
"As a highly respected artist, the appointment of Stelarc fits with the school's and Curtin's global vision and research objectives and his appointment is part of the school's continuing international significance."I'm interested in initiating creative and new ideas. "Stelios Arcadiou