Neil Harbisson is a Catalan contemporary artist, composer and cyborg activist best known for his ability to hear colours and to perceive colours outside the ability of human vision. Neil was born with achromatopsia, a condition that only allowed him to see in greyscale. In 2003, he took part in the development of the eyeborg, a cybernetic eye permanently attached to his head that allows him to hear the frequencies of colours through bone conduction (including infrareds and ultraviolets). Harbisson started to feel like a cyborg, a union between his organism and cybernetics, when he started to hear colours in his dreams. Since then, he creates sonochromatic art works and performances that explore the relationship between colour and sound, and the relationship between bodies and cybernetics. In 2010 he co-founded the Cyborg Foundation with Moon Ribas, an international organization that aims to help people become cyborgs, defend cyborg rights and promote cyborgism as an artistic and social movement. In 2013, Neil had the antenna surgically implanted which now allows him not only to perceive colour as sound but to connect live to the colours that others can see. He believes that this new antenna opens up new communication possibilities that go beyond our traditional senses.
Herman Konings is a master in theoretical psychology and the Director of the Antwerp trend and future research firm Pocket Marketing. As a trend scout he regularly advises and lectures on trend observations and future expectations to corporations, associations, and colleges across socio-cultural shifts. Konings is a genuine storyteller who draws the listener into a compelling track, managing to inspire us all in the wonderful world of passions and interests, trends and future expectations of what is and what will be!
Herman is a TEDx speaker.
Frederik De Wilde’s expertise straddles science, technology and art. The conceptual crux of his artistic praxis are the notions of the intangible, inaudible, and invisible. It is this interstitial territory that De Wilde explores in his work. Sometimes on the side of technology, and often in the perceptual, conceptual, social—human—register, De Wilde’s art is grounded in the interaction between complex systems, both biological and technological. Moreover, the indistinct, diffuse, ‘fuzzy’ arena where the biological and the technological overlap and co-mingle is a productive and favored ground for his projects/ projections. De Wilde studied fine arts in St.-Lukas Brussels and at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, concluding his studies with a post-graduate degree in new media, arts and design at Transmedia in Brussels. Furthermore, Frederik studied and worked abroad, including the Johnson Atelier Technical Institute of Sculpture (USA), and the Escola Massana in Spain. De Wilde collaborated with Groep-T, new media engineers at the University of Leuven, the robotics department of the University Brussels and the Physics department of the University of Hasselt, Rice University in Houston, Karlsruhe University, and currently NASA. De Wilde is now working as a guest Professor at Transmedia Brussels and is a permanent artist in residence at the University of Hasselt.
Carola Seybold manages the entire Sales and Marketing activities for Pantone in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. She foand plastics industries. Prior to this Seybold provided international consultancy in fashion-retail and fashion-manufacturing for Glasmeier & Partners, and managed brands in the high fashion industry for Betty Barclay and Passport GmbH. “The world has become smaller and more transparent as everybody uses the web to search globally for information. As the world becomes smaller – everything becomes faster”. Seybold will analyse why some famous and global consumer brands have either chosen a specific Logo color or recently changed it. She will introduce Digital color Control, exploring how color can be controlled faster, and become more reliable and cost effective in a Global Workflow.