The Cyborg who Hears Colour

Neil Harbisson is a cyborg… and an artist whose work blurs the boundary between sight and sound. He has had a sensor implanted into his brain which allows him to hear colour.

Harbisson's visualisation of Amy Winehouse's Rehab
An image of one of Harbisson’s paintings: a visualisation of ‘Rehab’ by Amy Winehouse

Neil Harbisson
A photograph of Harbisson wearing his implant. Harbisson considers his ‘eyeborg’ to be a part of his body, making him a new kind of human being.

In Harbisson’s paintings, red is ‘serene’, whilst violet is ‘savage’. They are difficult to understand in this respect; his visual representations of speeches by Hitler and Martin Luther King are particularly disorientating.


This idea of visual sound and audio colour is an interesting one and adds a new sensory dimension to art connected to technology.
Apps for your brain, anyone?

Harbisson’s Website:

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Zimoun : Compilation | Will be featuring in Brighton Festival 2014

Using simple and functional components, Zimoun builds architecturally-minded platforms of sound. Exploring mechanical rhythm and flow in prepared systems, his installations incorporate commonplace industrial objects. In an obsessive display of simple and functional materials, these works articulate a tension between the orderly patterns of Modernism and the chaotic forces of life. Carrying an emotional depth, the acoustic hum of natural phenomena in Zimoun’s minimalist constructions effortlessly reverberates.

The work of Zimoun can be seen at Brighton University from the 3rd of May to the 25th of May as part of Brighton Festival 2014.

Looking at things a little closer | Macro Kingdom

“The minute is a special place, unseen microcosmos within a unseen universe bind us together. Our creative vision is to continue our conversation with the Macro Kingdom.. an ongoing poem in the tradition of the two previous films.”

A short clip but the potential for a little inspiration is huge.

Font Men

Typography and font can absolutely make or break a piece of design or art, understanding that, can completely change the way a person uses a font. If you’re into graphic design then you should definitely know this, font’s can play a pivotal role in the creation process of a design. This little clip shows how Jonathan Hoefler and Tobias Frere-Jones view fonts, for them it becomes a lifestyle. If you do graphic design, you should definitely sit and watch this clip, it may help you with how you use type creatively…

Dance animation

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Half Cut Tea

Short viedo about a couple who built their own log cabin, made almost entirely of old windows. Design, light, space… making ideas and dreams a reality. Visually pleasing video.

The Artist is Present

Performace artist Marina Abramovic’s most recent show The Artist is Present at MoMA. Beautiful documentary if you get a chance to watch it. Simplicity and challenge of ‘just sitting’. It is a static, silent piece, in which she sat immobile in the museum’s atrium while spectators were invited to take turns sitting opposite her. She holds eye contact with anyone who comes to sit down… and the piece lasted for 736 hours and 30 minutes…!

Marina Abramovic is a famous Serbian performance artist based in New York, who began her career in the early 1970s. Active for over three decades, she has recently begun to describe herself as the “grandmother of performance art.” Abramović’s work explores the relationship between performer and audience, the limits of the body, and the possibilities of the mind.