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 recognised as a cyborg by a government. The antenna allows him to perceive visible and invisible colours via audible vibrations in his skull including infrareds and ultraviolets as well as receive colours from space, images, videos, music or phone calls directly into his head via internet connection.
Harbisson identifies himself both as a cyborg; he feels he is technology, and as a transpecies; he no longer feels 100% human. His artwork explores identity, human perception, the connection between sight and sound and the use of artistic expression via new sensory inputs.
In 2010 he co-founded the Cyborg Foundation with Moon Ribas, an international organisation 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.
“On behalf of the entire team, I would like to thank you for being part of the Nuqat 2019 Regional Conference! Honestly, it was an honor getting to know both Neil and Moon and again, thank you so much because without them we would not have been able to have a healthy dialogue that has and will continue to inspire many.”
THE STATE OF THE ELASTIC MIND
Kuwait City, November 2019
“I just wanted to use this chance to say thank you for Neil's active participation and presentation during this year’s Digital2018. The feedback which I received was outstanding! It was a very important piece to the overall success of the entire event.”
Cologne, November 2018
“Just wanted to thank you for helping to bring Moon to TOA at Melt Festival. Her talk was a huge hit! Everyone had questions and the other speakers were super impressed with her presentation.”
Berlin, July 2019
“Neil's speech was amazing and I’m very happy to let you know that the feedback from the audience is outstanding - they enjoyed his talk because it was thought-provoking, hugely inspiring, with deep insights and great humour!.”
EUROPEAN TREND DAY
Zurich, March 2018
Again, thanks for the cooperation and tell Neil and Moon that it was a pleasure to have them here. Their Key Note was fabulous and they were so delightful to have as guests.
THE BIG CHALLENGE
Trondheim, June 2019
“Moon's presentation, the discussion and the breakout session have vividly depicted what the future holds. Her impressive introduction to cyborgism, its bounds with nature and other beings and the possibilities the extension of our senses holds for the future of mankind, have inspired us all. We have received very positive feedback from our guests.”
CAMPUS KRONBERG GESPRAECHE
Frankfurt, February 2018
Moon Ribas is a Catalan avant-garde artist and cyborg activist best known for developing the Seismic Sense, an online seismic sensor once implanted in her feet that allowed her to perceive earthquakes taking place anywhere in the planet through vibrations in real time. In order to share her experience, she then translated her seismic sense on stage. Ribas transposed the earthquakes into either sound, in her piece Seismic Percussion; or dance, in Waiting For Earthquakes. In these performances the Earth is the composer and the choreographer; and Ribas, the interpreter.
Ribas’ seismic sense also allowed her to feel moonquakes, the seismic activity on the Moon. Ribas believes that by extending our senses to perceive outside the planet, we can all become senstronauts. Adding this new sense allowed her to be physically on Earth while her feet felt the Moon, so in a way, she was on Earth and space at the same time.
Since 2007 Moon has been experimenting with the union between technology and her body to explore the boundaries of perception and to experience movement in a deeper way. Some of her previous research includes transdental communication, 360º perception and the Speedborg. In 2010 she co-founded the Cyborg Foundation, an international organisation that aims to help people become cyborgs, defend cyborg rights and promote cyborg art. Ribas also co-founded the Transpecies Society in 2017, an association that gives voice to non-human identities, defends the freedom of self-design and offers the creation of new senses and new organs in community.