Colour as Sound: Neil Harbisson

“Neil Harbisson (27 July 1982) is a British-Catalan cyborg artist, musician and performer best known for his self-extended ability to hear colours. In 2004 he became the first person in the World to be fitted with an eyeborg and to be officially recognized as a cyborg by a government. Colour and the use of technology as an extension of the performer’s body and senses are the central themes in Harbisson’s work.

Neil Harbisson was born with achromatopsia, a condition that only allows him to see in black and white. He grew up in Mataró, Spain, where he studied music, dance and drama at various schools and began to compose piano pieces at the age of eleven.

At the age of sixteen he started studying fine art at Institut Alexandre Satorras, where he was given special permission to use only black, white and gray colors in his works. Harbisson early works are all in black and white.”

Neil will be presenting his work at the Colour My Well-Being Conference, The University of Northampton, 19-20 April 2012.



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