"World's First Co-Lab On Cyborg Sense"
In spring 2017, an open call for the world’s first co-lab on cyborg art was conducted at Parsons/New School University bringing together professionals and students to imagine a new cyborg sense. Three teams were selected under the guidance from The Cyborg Foundation’s Neil Harbisson and Moon Ribas: Team Glass, Team Radiation and Team Haptics. Multiple guests also participated over the course of sixteen weeks, sharing their discoveries in embracing cyborg experiences. These included medical professionals, artists, designers, makers, and self-described ‘body hackers’. Though the senses were developed only as proof of concept prototypes, the ultimate goal was to perhaps one day surgically integrate them into the human body and nervous system as specialized enhancements. This notion is in concordance with Donna Haraway’s symbiogenesis or ‘ourselves as complex compositions involved in multispecies becoming with’. This occurs when the human biological animal and art are ontologically connected in terms of a dynamic development of form. As these types of interventions become more frequent, what are the implications of self-experiments as art projects? Should there be free reign of the imagination, or should this type of human development be curtailed? This paper follows the path of the co-collaborators to show how the first co-lab on cyborg senses was implemented.