Five Sense Cyborg

April, 2021

Five sense cyborg is a collaborative project with BBC for stock images about artificial intelligence and machine learning.

In a sense, humans are no longer pure human beings. 

Everyone has become a cyborg because of artificial intelligence and machine learning.


When we play on mobile phones, the mobile phone becomes a part of our body. 

Once we start connecting with the world. 

We all become Cyborg, hybrid with unexpected information as well as our own emotions.



The concept of the cyborg was put forward by the American artist Donna Haraway. In the A Cyborg Manifesto published in 1984, the book clearly expresses its opposition to the idea that traditional feminists take the body as identity politics, draw out various gender boundaries, and therefore cannot reimagine A fluid identity.


Cyborg theory assumes that the boundaries of the body are fuzzy and fluid. In Astro Boy, the father created Astro Boy based on his son's appearance and memory. In this movie, cyborgs are more machines, but with human memory. The boundary between man and machine is very blurred in the movie. Astro Boy's village blurs the boundary between man and machine, blurs our sense of body and identity.

In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, the monster has human organs but no human judgment. Human-machine integration doesn't seem out of place in a fantasy world. Amber Case as a Cyborg biologist who said in her TED talk, argued that technology is evolving us into a new kind of screen-staring, button-clicking human and that we now rely on "external brains" (like phones and computers) to communicate, remember and even live in Second Life. Will these machines eventually unite us or control us?


In this context, it can be seen that perhaps the most important boundary between Cyborg and human beings is self-consciousness, which in modern psychology is considered to be inseparable from the human perceptual system. When humans perceive the world through their basic senses, their sense of self is gradually perfected. Therefore, the essential elements to give future cyborg self-awareness are those in the most traditional sense: sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch. 

Through research, I found that the process of human self-perception experiments has never stopped. Psychologists have found that in the deep-sea environment, the lack of light causes excellent anxiety for divers. From the 19s-the 20s, many designs happened to isolate someone's particular perception to help them concentrate. The most famous self-perception experiment is psychologist Hebb's Sensory Deprivation Experiment in 1954. In this experiment, students in a Canadian university were locked in a completely dark space; they were asked to lie in bed for hours except for eating and defecation. It's like depriving them of their five basic senses. Most students said: The brain creates and changes its feelings. They use memories from the past to develop desired feelings: first, they saw something in the dark and most described colors. Then they hear sounds, calling, talking, singing. Then they smell something, and then they feel bugs crawling on their skin...


In contemporary psychology, the proportion of human perception in a day is roughly divided, among which vision occupies the dominant position, accounting for 83%. The hearing was next at 11%, followed by smell at 3.5%, touch at 1.5%, and taste at 1%. 


I made five kinds of perceptual forms according to the small sculptures I made in a clay workshop. On the basis of the prototype, I painted heavy acrylic, with red dots on top. In fact, I didn't think too much when I was making these creations, and the class required us to use our intuition to quickly make a certain art piece. I think this act of the unconscious, in a sense, has something in common with the Cyborg that I'm about to create, because consciousness is, by its very nature, very vague, that's what Donna Haraway has been talking about. 


This is a series of color gradual experiment. The model I made before is used as the carrier to simulate the unconscious and edge sense of the future taste experience of Cyborg through the gradual change and sound effect of color.




This creature, with a perceptual system, hybirds with those five body structures I’ve made. I intended to produce them start in green and finish in red, as a loop, purposely designed it to be like a human brain. When his five senses start to work, his colors change most directly. When he becomes a cyborg with senses, in a sense, he already has a brain like a human being, which is self-awareness.