Due to numerous health issues and complications arising from multiple surgeries, at age 20 Viktoria Modesta voluntarily had her left leg amputated just below the knee. Then she became a pop star.
Earlier in December, British broadcaster Channel 4 “introduced the nation to an alternative pop artist” with Modesta’s first single, “Prototype.” You can watch the video below:
Though there are some CG elements, it’s amazing to see just how creatively Modesta uses her prosthetic limb. Having a leg made out of lights is certainly not boring. And her more opulent prosthetics reminds me of the culture set up by Deus Ex: Human Revolution‘s “Augs.”
Modesta’s performance is also one of the few instances I can remember where the word “bionic” is actually being used correctly in the advertising surrounding a release. She has a limb made out of lights! That’s a bionic pop star to me, and it helps that the song is as good as anything you’ll hear on the radio.
In short, I was expecting to see Modesta taking cringe-worthy advantage of the fact that she is an amputee performer. I was so wrong. Not only is the music good, her confidence and use of creative prosthetics really transported me to a Deus Ex-like vision of the future.
You can read more about Viktoria Modesta, and see a behind-the-scenes video of “Prototype,” here.