Lecture Series

Neil Harbisson // The Renaissance of our Species


Neil Harbisson // The Renaissance of our Species

Last week Master in Advanced Interaction‘s guest lecturer Niel Harbisson, invited as part of the IAAC Lecture Series 2017/18, inspired the audience with his lecture: The Renaissance of our Species.

Neil Harbisson 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. Neil has an antenna implanted in his skull that allows him to perceive colours that are outside human vision such as infrareds and ultraviolets.

His talk has explored how taking an active part in our own biological evolution is no longer 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.

During the lecture Neil’s went through his artistic and personal path, demonstrating how by merging ourselves with technology we can become the designers of our own body and perception; and we can increase our survival possibilities in earth and in outer space.

Neil’s artworks investigate the relationship between colour and sound, experiment the boundaries of human perception and explore the use of artistic expression via sensory extensions.