Artful Innovation: Inclusive Design and Technology

July 20 – August 30, 2017 | A Jean Kennedy Smith Arts and Disability Program

The Sonochromatic Head

Neil Harbisson

Neil Harbisson became a cyborg when he implanted an eyeborg antenna inside his skull. Harbisson has a rare form of color blindness called achromotopsia and only sees shades of black, white, and gray. By using his eyeborg, color becomes sound for him through computer chip conversion of hue to frequency. His art explores the relationship between color and sound and their connection to human perception.

Neil Harbisson's Website
A bronze sculpture of Neil Harbisson with his eyeborg antenna. The antenna goes from inside the back of his head to hanging over his forehead.

Photo credit: Lars Norgaard