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Neil Harbisson
Born (1982-07-27)27 July 1982[1]
United Kingdom

United Kingdom[2]


Dartington College of Arts[4]

Known for

Contemporary art
Electronic Music

Notable work

Sound Portraits, Colour Concerts, Colour Scores, Capital Colours.

Movement Cyborg art
2016  Tribeca X Award[5]
Tribeca Film Festival, New York
2015  Futurum Award[6]
Futurum, Monaco
2014  Bram Stoker Gold Medal[7]
Trinity College, Dublin
2013  Focus Forward Grand Jury Award[8]
Sundance Film Festival, USA
2010  Cre@tic Award 2010[9]
Tecnocampus Mataro
2009  Phonos Music Grant[10]
IUA Phonos, Spain
2005  Best Performing Story[11]
ResearchTV, UK
2004  Innovation Award 2004
Submerge (Bristol, UK)
2004  Europrix Multimedia Award[12]
Vienna, Austria
2001 & 2010  Stage Creation Award[13]
IMAC Mataro, Spain

Color is everywhere, so everything has changed. I still can't see color, but I can perceive it. I can experience it in a way that allows me to be a part of this reality, which I was excluded from before. Thanks to the eyeborg, I've made a career by combining music and art.
Neil Harbisson
It's strange that we create tech and then we apply it to machines, when we could apply it to ourselves. Cars can now detect if something is behind them, but we don't have this ability. Why are we applying such a simple sense to a car when we could apply it to ourselves?
Neil Harbisson
There's no legal protection for cyborgs. In 2010, I started the Cyborg Foundation to defend our rights. Cyborgs have been kicked out from several places because they are seen as a possible security threat. I've been kicked out from places such as Harrods, Casino Montecarlo, and many supermarkets.
Neil Harbisson
If we extend our senses, then, consequently, we will extend our knowledge. It's really very basic.
Neil Harbisson
We should find inspiration in the senses that already exist and try to copy them and apply them to us. If we compare our senses to the senses of other animals and species that we don't have, we can get ideas for new abilities that we can adapt to humans by applying cybernetics to the body.
Neil Harbisson
Kids are really inspired to not just apply senses to robots and machines, but to try them on themselves.
Neil Harbisson
We need to get used to seeing humans with antennas sticking out of their heads.
Neil Harbisson
The biggest challenge for cyborgs is to be socially accepted. Society needs to accept that there are people who wish to use technology as part of the body.
Neil Harbisson