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ROBOTRONICA

QUT - Robotronica - Talks

Keynote Talk: Neil Harbisson
Life in the Age of Cyborgs

Hear from the world's first government-recognised cyborg, UK artist Neil Harbisson. Neil will speak about his path to becoming a cyborg, beginning in 2004 when he and collaborator Adam Montandon developed the eyeborg, a cybernetic system now permanently implanted in his head, allowing the colour-blind Harbisson to perceive colours as sounds. Recent upgrades have included an internet connection allowing him to receive music and phone calls directly to his skull.

In 2010, he and Moon Ribas co-founded the Cyborg Foundation, an international organisation that aims to help humans become cyborgs, defend cyborg rights and promote cyborgism as a social and artistic movement.

As an artist, Harbisson investigates the relationship between colour and sound, and experiments with the boundaries of human perception through the use of cybernetics applied to the body.

Hear Harbisson's truly unique perspectives and experiences, including why he finds supermarkets more beautiful than the ocean, and what makes a melodious face. In this unforgettable keynote lecture, Harbisson will explain why he believes that he isn't just using or wearing technology, but rather that he is technology and he will talk about how becoming a cyborg has brought him closer to nature and animals.

The Eyeborg app is a mobile application that places the experience of being a cyborg like Neil Harbisson into your hands. Listen to the sound of colours and create and share your own colour scores!

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WHENSunday 23 August 2015
TIME11am – 12pm
WHEREGardens Theatre
COSTFree
bookingsClosed