Moon Ribas: The cyborg dancer who can detect earthquakes


This story is part of "Intelligent Creativity", a series that explores the intersection between high-design and advanced technology.

It is in 2018 and cyborgs live among us. But these human-machine hybrids do not look at the way in which movies can have your faith. Most mix in the crowd, their mechanical elements hidden from view.

Such is the case of the artist of the pioneering artist of Catalonia and the activist Moon Ribas, who has implants connected to the online seismographs at his feet. Each time there is an earthquake somewhere on the planet, the vibrations pass through her body and the data is recorded online.

Moon Ribas: The governor who can detect earthquakes

Ribas converts these data into dance or music, often incorporating elements of spontaneity and uncertainty. For example, dance moves "Waiting for earthquakes", in which the artist stands totally until seismic activity occurs, can take many shapes.

"I am a dancer and choreographer, so I wanted to experience the movement in a deeper way," he explains. "Every time there is an earthquake, it moves according to the intensity of the earthquake, it is a bit like a duet between earth and myself, Earth is actually the choreographer of the piece and just imitates the data he gives."

These implants are not the first time they use Ribas to create cutting-edge arts.

Courtesy of Cyborg Arts

Previously, she wore vibrating earrings to reflect the speed of those who walk around it (apparently the London and Stockholm pedestrians are particularly fast) and kaleidoscopic glasses that have distorted her vision and the perception of colors.

With her partner, Neil Harbisson and Cyborg Arts, which he founded, Ribas hopes to empower artists around the world to adopt new forms of technology to enhance their body and work and discover new ways to we communicate with phenomena that we can not perceive with our senses.

"If you use technology, you can uncover this reality and gain a deeper experience on the planet," he says.

Watch the video above to learn more about Moon Ribas and how technology updates its practice.