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'Posthumanist' art reflects wearable tech's impact on humanity

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Neil Harbisson
Neil Harbisson

Interest in wearable technology, such as Google Glass, is on the rise. Just about every major tech player, and a growing number of startups, are looking into wearables — from smartwatches and electronic tattoos, to retinal implants. And, as is documented in the first issue of Nautilus magazine, the art world is paying attention. Photographers, musicians, painters, philosophers and other creatives are reflecting this technological shift in their work, and in the process, these artists are questioning what it really means to be human.

Nautilus notes this art movement is called "transhumanism" or "posthumanism," and that some of the artists producing the work are biohackers like Neil Harbisson who are using devices to augment who and what they are. Harbisson, who suffers from a disorder that causes him to see in shades of gray, wears an "eyeborg." The device, which juts out the back of his head like an antenna, uses a built-in camera to turn colors into sound waves that he can listen to and interpret. Read more about Harbisson and other posthumanist artists — including some who want to get their wearables implanted in their bodies — at Nautilus.