Cyborg Art

Cyborg Art, sometimes called Cyborgism, is an emerging art movement that began in the 2000s in Great Britain. It is based on the creation and addition of new senses to the human body via cybernetic implants and the creation of artistic works through new senses. Cyborg artworks are created by cyborg artists; artists whose senses have been voluntarily added or augmented through cybernetic implants.

Cyborg Artists

Cyborg artists come from a wide variety of backgrounds, including photography, dance and design. Cyborg artists include:

  • Harshit Agrawal
  • Manel De Aguas
  • Shu Lea Cheang
  • Joe Dekni
  • Marco Donnarumma
  • Alex Garcia
  • Neil Harbisson
  • Kai Landre
  • Pau Prats
  • Marcel·lí Antúnez Roca
  • Moon Ribas
  • Quimera Rosa
  • Stelarc

For a more descriptive overview; see our dedicated page on Cyborg Artists.

Moon Ribas.
Manel De Aguas.

Cyborg Foundation

In 2010, two of the most prominent Cyborg Artists; Moon Ribas and Neil Harbissom founded a non-profit organization named The Cyborg Foundation.
For more information see: Cyborg Foundation.

What is a Cyborg?

The word 'Cyborg' was originally coined in "Cyborgs and Space," in Astronautics (September 1960), by Manfred E. Clynes and Nathan S. Kline. This article on space exploration described the term as being shorthand for cybernetic organism. A cyborg has traditionally been defined as a system composed of both organic and inorganic parts. In the narrowest sense, cyborgs are people with processed body parts. These cyborg parts may be regenerative technologies that help the body function where the organic system does not, such as pacemakers, insulin pumps and bionic limbs, or enhanced technologies that enhance the human body beyond its natural state.

See our dedicated page on Transhumanism for more.

In the broadest sense, all human interactions with technology can qualify as cyborgs. Most cyborg anthropologists lean towards the latter view of cyborgs; some, such as Amber Case, even claim that humans are already cyborgs because people's daily lives and sense of self are closely intertwined with technology. "Haraway's Cyborg Manifesto" suggests that technologies such as virtual avatars, artificial insemination, sex reassignment surgery and artificial intelligence may make the gender and sex dichotomy irrelevant or even non-existent. She goes on to say that other human distinctions (e.g. life and death, human and machine, virtual and real) could similarly disappear following the cyborg.

See our dedicated page on Cyborg Anthropology for more.


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