The Volvo Art Session 2019 once again focused on technological progress and examined the “cyborgization” of mankind. A particular highlight of the opening evening was the appearance by Neil Harbisson, the world’s first officially recognized cyborg.
Cyborgs, a blend of human and machine, long ago ceased to be confined to the realms of science fiction. Whether modern technology involves computer chips under the skin or antennae in the head, its possibilities seem increasingly limitless.
Harbisson demonstrated his superhuman abilities and, with futurist Gerd Leonhard, discussed the potential and risks of merging human with machine.
The guests at the première were also able to experience some fascinating digital art by the internationally acclaimed artist Refik Anadol and the SKALAR installation created by the light designer Christopher Bauder together with the technological mastermind Kangding Ray.
“The opening evening was exciting and inspiring,” says Natalie Robyn, Managing Director at Volvo Switzerland. “It deepened the discussion around the subject of ‘Humans and digitalization’. Although Neil Harbisson’s views on the subject of cyborgs fascinate me, I concur with Gerd Leonhard: humans should take advantage of technology but set the boundaries of its development. Because the human must remain centre stage. This is also our maxim at Volvo. We will only use new technologies if they make our lives better, easier and safer.”