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Cyborg artists Neil Harbisson and Moon Ribas will talk about their personal experiences with cybernetics and about Cyborg Art, an art movement where artists express themselves through new senses created by the union between cybernetics and their organism. Harbisson was born colourblind but at the age of 20 he installed an antenna on his head that allows him to hear colours, the antenna is implanted in his skull and allows him to perceive colours that are outside human vision such as infrareds and ultraviolets. Ribas has a sensory extension implanted on her elbow that allows her to feel earthquakes through small vibrations, she applies this new sense to her artistic work.
**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 recognized as a cyborg by a government. The antenna allows him to perceive visible and invisible colours such as infrareds and ultraviolets via sound waves. The antenna’s internet connection allows him to receive colors from space as well as images, videos, music or phone calls directly into his head via external devices such as mobile phones or satellites. Harbisson identifies himself as a cyborg, he feels both his mind and body are united to cybernetics. He doesn’t feel he is using or wearing technology, instead he feels he is technology. His artworks investigate the relationship between colour and sound, experiment the boundaries of human perception and explore the use of artistic expression via sensory extensions. In 2010 he co-founded the Cyborg Foundation with Moon Ribas, an international organization that aims to help humans become cyborgs, defend cyborg rights and promote cyborgism as a social and artistic movement.***
**Moon Ribas** is a Catalan avant-garde artist and cyborg activist best known for developing the Seismic Sense, an online seismic sensor implanted in her arm that allows her to perceive earthquakes through vibrations in real time. In order to share her experience, she then translates her new sense on stage. Her performances are a direct result of the interaction between the movement of the tectonic plates and its interpreter. Ribas transposes the earthquakes into either sound, in her piece Seismic Percussion; or dance, in Waiting For Earthquakes, allowing the audience to feel a direct connection to the planet. Her current project is 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 will allow her to be physically on Earth while her feet feel the Moon, so in a way, she will be in 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 the transdental communication, the 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 cyborgism as an artistic and social movement.***