27 July 1982|
Dartington College of Arts
Sound Portraits, Colour Concerts, Colour Scores, Capital Colours.
2016 Tribeca X Award
Tribeca Film Festival, New York
2015 Futurum Award
2014 Bram Stoker Gold Medal
Trinity College, Dublin
2013 Focus Forward Grand Jury Award
Sundance Film Festival, USA
2010 Cre@tic Award 2010
2009 Phonos Music Grant
IUA Phonos, Spain
2005 Best Performing Story
2004 Innovation Award 2004
Submerge (Bristol, UK)
2004 Europrix Multimedia Award
2001 & 2010 Stage Creation Award
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.
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?
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.
If we extend our senses, then, consequently, we will extend our knowledge. It's really very basic.
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.
Kids are really inspired to not just apply senses to robots and machines, but to try them on themselves.
We need to get used to seeing humans with antennas sticking out of their heads.
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.