Neil Harbisson

Cyborg life

Neil Harbisson is the first cyborg in the world officially recognized as such, after winning a legal battle against the United Kingdom government in 2004 to be allowed to pose with his eyeborg for his passport photo. It is a device connected to his brain, which translates colours into sound waves and allows him to escape from the black and white world in which he lives. Harbisson has suffered since birth from a disorder called achromatopsia, which prevents him from seeing colour; thanks to his strange antenna, Neil is able to listen to colour. His official photograph shows that the eyeborg is part of his identity. This Englishman based in Barcelona ​​is a multifaceted artist who plays colours as if they were musical notes and does transcranial painting, an experiment which aims to create two identical paintings at the same time. Harbisson uses his cyborg art to demonstrate that taking an active role in biological evolution is no longer a theory but a real option. This transgressive artist is also the founder of the Cyborg Foundation, an institution for supporting initiatives so that humans can become cyborgs. Its militancy is the perfect expression of transhumanism, the movement designed to combine technology with the human condition and improve our potential.

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.​ Co-founder of the Cyborg Foundation, an international organisation that aims to help humans become cyborgs, defend cyborg rights and promote cyborg art. Co-founder of 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.