During the National Museumweek, Lucas de Man will present the most beautiful stories of the most beautiful art. In five Episodes he will tell amazing stories behind five iconic artwork, which you have to see!
Runtime: 15 minutes
Man en Kunst - Neil Harbisson - Netflix
Neil Harbisson (born 27 July 1984) is a Catalan-raised, Northern Irish-born cyborg artist and transpecies activist based in New York City. He is best known for being the first person in the world with an antenna implanted in his skull and for being legally recognized as a cyborg by a government. His antenna sends audible vibrations in his skull to report information to him. This includes measurements of electromagnetic radiation, phone calls, music as well as video or images which are translated into audible vibrations. His WiFi-enabled antenna also allows him to receive signals and data from satellites. Since 2004, international media has described him as the world's first cyborg or the world's first cyborg artist. In 2010, he co-founded the Cyborg Foundation, an international organisation that defends cyborg rights, promotes cyborg art and supports people who want to become cyborgs. In 2017, he co-founded the Transpecies Society, an association that gives voice to people with non-human identities, raises awareness of the challenges transpecies face, advocates for the freedom of self-design and offers the development of new senses and organs in community.
Man en Kunst - Activism - Netflix
In 2004, Harbisson's British passport renewal was rejected. The UK Passport Office would not allow him to appear with an electronic device on his head. Harbisson wrote back explaining that he identified as a cyborg and that his antenna should be treated as an organ not a device. After weeks of correspondence, Harbisson's photo was accepted. In 2011 during a demonstration in Barcelona, Harbisson's antenna was damaged by police who believed they were being filmed. Harbisson filed a complaint of physical aggression, not as damage to personal property, as he considers the antenna to be a body part.
Man en Kunst - References - Netflix