My former university, Central Saint Martins in London, where I did my MA in “Textiles Futures” has firstly renamed the course to “Material Futures” and also invited a cyborg practicioner-in-residence. This cyborg is Neil Harbisson, a remarkable man who sees the world in greyscale due to a condition called achromatopsia but can hear colours thanks to a brain implant. Below you can see his unique lecture which I am sure many different forms of art and fashion can relate to as he speaks about the sound of his clothes – such as a colourful tie – and the musical chords of someone’s face.
“In a talk at Central Saint Martins on 17 March 2014, MA Material Futures Practitoner in Residence Neil Harbisson unveiled details of the first human antenna implant that allows him not only to perceive colour as sound but connect live to the colours that others see.
Neil Harbisson live demo-ed his new remote capability and connected live to New York and Barcelona where people sent him images with colour information which could be heard live through his specially designed app. The artist can now hear colour even when it is not in front of him.” Source here.
Do you have any interesting artist-in-residence at your institution or would you like to invite one? If so, who would be your artist or designer of choice and why?