ICYMI: Hearing Colors
The life of Neil Harbisson is like something out of a sci-fi novel. Neil was born with achromatopsia, a rare condition that leaves 1 in 30,000 people completely colorblind. But Neil isn’t colorblind...far from it. After convincing his doctors to implant an antenna into the back of his head, Neil now possesses a new sense – the ability to hear colors.
His antenna uses audible vibrations in his skull to report information to him. This includes measurements of electromagnetic radiation, phone calls, music, as well as video or images which are translated into sound. His wifi-enabled antenna also allows him to receive signals and data from satellites.
Legally categorized as the world’s first cyborg, Harbisson delved into the contemporary art realm – creating artwork that has been ranked amongst the works of Yoko Ono and Marina Abramovic as one of the 10 most shocking art performances ever. His work is focused on the creation of art through new senses created by the union between technology and the human body.