Neil Harbisson (USA)

Neil Harbisson

Deep Conversation:
Human Intelligence 2.0 – Thriving in the Age of Acceleration (12.00pm – 2.00pm, Monday November 13th)

Plenary 2:
The man machine interface – machine learning, AI, implants…how far will it go? (11:30am, Tuesday November 14th)

Artist and cyborg activist; the first person in the world with an antenna implanted in his skull and officially recognised as a cyborg by a government

Neil Harbisson is a Catalan-raised, British-born contemporary artist and cyborg activist best known for having an antenna implanted in his skull and for being officially recognized as a cyborg by a government. The antenna allows him to perceive visible and invisible colours such as infrareds and ultraviolets via sound waves. The antenna’s internet connection allows him to receive colors from space as well as images, videos, music or phone calls directly into his head via external devices such as mobile phones or satellites.

Harbisson identifies himself as a cyborg, he feels both his mind and body are united to cybernetics. He doesn’t feel he is using or wearing technology, instead he feels he is technology. His artworks investigate the relationship between colour and sound, experiment the boundaries of human perception and explore the use of artistic expression via sensory extensions. In 2010 he co-founded the Cyborg Foundation with Moon Ribas, an international organization that aims to help humans become cyborgs, defend cyborg rights and promote cyborgism as a social and artistic movement.