Neil Harbisson visited AAL to do a presentation for the Alternate Anatomies Lab at Curtin University. He is a contemporary artist who has been described as one of the first cyborgs. Born colour blind he has had an antenna implanted in his head that allows him hearing colours through vibrations in his skull. But he has extended his sensory capabilities being able to sense remote images, sounds and even videos. He is able to do sound portraits of people by analysing faces with his antenna. In 2012 he co-founded the Cyborg Foundation in New York with Moon Ribas which aims to assist people to extend their sensory perceptions and to promote cyborgism as an art form. Here he discusses his ideas with Stelarc.
Gary Hall is Professor of Media and Performing Arts and Director of the Centre for Disruptive Media at Coventry University. He is author of Culture in Bits (Continuum, 2002) and Digitize This Book!: The Politics of New Media, or Why We Need Open Access Now (Minnesota UP, 2008), and co-editor of New Cultural Studies: Adventures in Theory (Edinburgh UP, 2006), and Experimenting: Essays with Samuel Weber (Fordham UP, 2007). He has over 25 peer-reviewed publications in edited books and academic journals, including Angelaki, Cultural Studies, The Oxford Literary Review, Parallax and Radical Philosophy.
In 1999 he co-founded the open access journal Culture Machine, which was an early champion of OA in the humanities. In 2006 he co-founded Open Humanities Press (OHP), the first OA press dedicated to contemporary critical and cultural theory, which currently has 14 journals in its collective. An OHP monograph project, run in collaboration with the University of Michigan Library’s MPublishing, was launched in 2009.
Rosemarie Garland-Thomson is Professor of English at Emory University with a focus on disability studies and feminist theory.Her book Extraordinary Bodies, published in 1997, is a founding text in the disability studies canon. She established the field of feminist disability studies with seminal and definitional articles in feminist studies journals, including: “Integrating Disability, Transforming Feminist Theory”, National Women’s Studies Association Journal (2002), which is reprinted in women’s studies and feminist textbooks and has been translated into Hebrew, Czech, and Turkish, and “Feminist Disability Studies: A Review Essay” in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society (2005) which established a canon of feminist disability studies and set an agenda for future scholarship.
Havve Fjell (Pain Solution) is a fakir who performs extreme body actions such as piercing, cutting and bleeding as well as body suspensions. He has collaborated with Stelarc in 2 group suspensions, in Oslo for Spinning Suspension and in Dallas for Shadow Suspension. He founded Wings of Desire, a suspension group based in Oslo in 2002.