The Renaissance of our Species

Neil Harbisson, Artist, Activist & Cyborg

Neil Harbisson has an antenna implanted in his skull that allows him to perceive visible and invisible colors via audible vibrations including infrareds, ultraviolets, and colors from space. He can also receive images, videos, music, and phone calls directly into his head via internet connection.

In this talk, Neil will explore how taking an active part in our biological evolution is no longer just a theory, but an option. Becoming technology, instead of using or wearing technology, opens up the possibility of having additional organs and senses beyond the ones confined to our species. By merging ourselves with technology we can become the designers of our own body and perception, and we can increase our survival possibilities on earth and in outer space. Are we witnessing the renaissance of our species?

Neil Harbisson is a Catalan-raised, British-born contemporary artist and cyborg activist – best known for his antenna implant, and for being officially recognized as a cyborg by the government. Harbisson identifies as both a cyborg; he feels he is technology, and as a transspecies; he no longer feels 100% human. His artworks explore identity, human perception, the connection between sight and sound, and the use of artistic expression via new sensory inputs.

He is the co-founder of the Cyborg Foundation, an organization that promotes the use of cybernetics as a body part to extend human senses and perception.

In 2010 he co­-founded the Cyborg Foundation, an international organization that aims to help humans become cyborgs, defend cyborg rights, and promote cyborg art. In 2017 he co-founded the Transpecies Society, an association that gives voice to people with non-human identities, defends the freedom of self-design, and offers the creation of new senses and new organs in community.

Session: The Renaissance of our Species

Date: October 29, 2020
Time: 3.30 PM – 4 PM
Venue: Filmby Aarhus, Studio 1, Aarhus, Denmark (Max. 200 pers.)

Neil will also attend a Meet and Greet at Godsbanen during this.

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