AUGMENTED ABILITIES

The first section of the exhibition presents physical and biological ways in which we have augmented our minds and bodies. From prosthetics that augment bodily functions to medical interventions that change how we think, this part of the show explores what it means to be a cyborg today.

A key highlight is work by Neil Harbisson, the world’s first human to be officially recognized as a cyborg. Born without the ability to see colour, Harbisson, who will be in Singapore for the opening of the show, wears a prosthetic antenna called “eyeborg” that allows him to hear colour. This antenna has been implanted in his skull since 2003. 

Also included are works by star performance artist, Stelarc, plus captivating images and fascinating prototypes by Aimee Mullins, Chris Woebken and many others.
 

The Cyborg Foundation was co-founded by Neil Harbisson and Moon Ribas.  Harbisson is best known for having an antenna implanted in his skull. He is officially recognised as a cyborg by the British government. His antenna allows him to perceive colours as sound waves. His collaborator, Moon Ribas, is a contemporary choreographer who experiments with different cybernetic devices that allow her to perceive movement in a deeper way. These artists no longer use technology as a tool for creation: it constitutes part of their body as an extension of their capacities for sensation and perception. The two life-size cybernetic sculptures contain sensors that allow the sculpture to connect to certain data in real time and to the body and mind of the artists.
Seismic Arm and Sonochromatic Head, 2015
Cyborg Arts, Neil Harbisson and Moon Ribas