I love color! I love color theory, it was color theory that hooked me into design. I was always interested in the psychology of color and what color can do to an audience. I studied Josef Alber’s Color theory and through his explorations of color values and relationships, I learned of the multiple innovative ways for the viewer to comprehend color and the paintings Albers developed.
This week I have been watching TED Talks and I saw one that was titled I Listen to Color. I had to watch it. The speaker was Neil Harbisson, he was interesting looking. He was wearing a hot pick coat, blue shirt and yellow shirt but more interesting then his clothes was his opening statement about how he can hear color and how he collaborated with computer scientists to create a electronic eye that is a color sensor that then sends a sound frequency to a chip in the back of his head.
“Born with the inability to see color, Neil Harbisson wears a prosthetic device — he calls it an “eyeborg” — that allows him to hear the spectrum, even those colors beyond the range of human sight. His unique experience of color informs his artwork — which, until he met cyberneticist Adam Montandon at a college lecture, was strictly black-and-white. By working with Montandon, and later with Peter Kese, Harbisson helped design a lightweight eyepiece that he wears on his forehead that transposes the light frequencies of color hues into sound frequencies” (TED.com)
WOW! As he continued to go into his experiences I found it to be very engaging. The way he speaks about going to an art gallery and how he listens to the paintings and describes the supermarket as a night club. This made me think about our perception and how we really take advantage of our senses. I think in research it is important to recognize this so that we don’t miss something because of our heuristic biases.
Neil Harbisson taks that idea to the next level when he tried to encourage people to extend their senses by using technology as part of the body. What does that mean? Yes, Neil wants everyone to be a Cyborg and with his final point he makes a very interesting argument.
We should all think that knowledge comes from
our senses, so if we extend our senses, we will consequently extend our knowledge.
Would you become a cyborg? Do you think stepping out of your perceptions help to build better experiences and research?