Cyborgs, Hallidonto, and the Continuous Line, Harmon Leon, δημοσίευση Super Rare Magazine [27/3/2023]Marilena Pateraki
Cyborgs can easily be seen as a metaphor for modern humans, as we find ourselves plugged into our smart phones on a 24/7 basis.
“We are already cyborgs,” declares Scottish visual artist Hallidonto. “It’s all mutations and extensions. The computer is literally the representation of the human brain.”
Now based in London, a large portion of Hallidonto’s work centers on the ‘Cyborg Manifesto,’ a concept that explores the contemporary (in)human condition and dystopian imagery of the cyborg. And just like cyborgs, who use technology to evolve the notion of human, Hallidonto is using Web3 to evolve his creative vision. His latest artistic endeavor is Sanctum Cyborgia – an immersive, cyborg, post-human opera that will take place both IRL and inside the metaverse.
Hallidonto’s cyborg opera is a progression of ideas built upon the shoulders of his past projects. And, as far as cyborg-themed metaverse operas go, it’s a perennial artistic endeavor.
“I think it’s one of the first,” he stated with intrepid modesty. “The opera is all about the phenomenological, the senses, and what it means to be human. It’s going to be this focus on how we sense,” he said. “And the senses that someone might’ve lost.”
Hallidonto speaks from experience. In 2006, he suffered a brain injury that impacted his hearing, and through that he developed tinnitus. “My senses have changed how I sense the world and how I feel about the world,” he said. “In the opera I wanted to really install that— how is it to experience the world as a human from this disabled viewpoint?”
“Sanctum Cyborgia” focuses on sensory input and alternative ways of experiencing the world. For Hallidonto, who was also recently diagnosed with severe ADHD and on the spectrum, that’s constantly changing. “I know now that my superpower is my creativity,” he said. “So, would I want that to be fixed? That made me ponder about these things.”
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