Weird S*** Wednesday: Cyborg Has Fins Implanted Into Skull

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Manel de Aguas Image One
Photo Credit: Oddity Central

From Oddity Central:

Spanish artist Manel de Aguas doesn’t consider himself human but, something else. A founding member of the Trans-Species Society (a now defunct website), he uses technological implants to experience the world differently than the rest of humanity. Twenty-four-year-old Manel […] first made international news headlines in August of 2017 when he built the first prototype of a device that allowed him to feel atmospheric vibrations. At the time, it was nothing more than an exposed circuit board that hung on a headband at the back of his head. The following year, he started attaching a pair of fins to the sides of his head and announced his intention to have them implanted into his skull. Earlier this year, de Aguas did just that, turning those decorative fins into functional organs that perceive the temperature, humidity and atmospheric pressure and, send sounds to Manel’s brain via bone conduction.

Manel De Aguas Facebook Image Two
Photo Credit: Manel De Aguas
01-11-2020

In June of 2019, the […] artist sat down with VICE Magazine and explained his intention to have [the] artificial [organs] […] implanted:

“The atmosphere will sound inside my head, and depending on the atmospheric conditions in any given moment, I will have the experience of being submerged in one type of medium or another. As for the outer part, the organ will have an appearance inspired by the fins of flying fish and I will implant a fin on each side of my head, at the same level as the temple bone in my skull.”

“I have always felt a special connection to the rain, so when I found out that there was a way to feel this sense within me, I thought it would be good to create [an organ] that would connect me even more to rain, as well as other atmospheric phenomena. As for the shape of the organ, I have always been interested in marine species, both real and mythological, so the idea of creating a fin-shaped organ simply came from within.”

“I will be exploring the weather through this new sensory organ,” […] de Aguas posted on Instagram, where his new look has been getting a lot of attention.

Manel described himself as a propioespecie, or his own species, his response to the anthropocentrism of today’s society, which puts human beings on the highest echelon of a false hierarchy of species. In January of this year, [he] was finally able to make his dream a reality. He had the artificial fins implanted into his skull at a clinic in Japan, after being refused by several doctors in Spain. The fins weigh 500 grams, can be recharged with solar energy and can connect to various devices via WiFi.

I wonder if those wings let him Phone Home. ~Vic

Additional Reading:
Cyborg Foundation
Manel de Aguas (Facebook)
Manel de Aguas (Instagram)
Color Blind Artist Implants Antenna (Oddity Central 2014)
Moon Ribas Can Sense Every Earthquake (Oddity Central 2016)
Cyborg Artist Can Sense The Weather (Vice Magazine 2019)
Neil Harbisson (Wikipedia)
Moon Ribas (Wikipedia)

17 thoughts on “Weird S*** Wednesday: Cyborg Has Fins Implanted Into Skull

    charliecountryboy said:
    December 10, 2020 at 8:35 AM

    They are going to ruin his hats, interesting post and I wonder if the noises he’s now going to hear will eventually drive him mad…

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      The Hinoeuma responded:
      December 10, 2020 at 2:24 PM

      Oh, someone will step forward and make him special “wing” hats.

      Charlie…he’s already mad, honey. 🤪

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    Dayphoto said:
    December 10, 2020 at 10:51 AM

    I wonder what I could be———–

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      The Hinoeuma responded:
      December 10, 2020 at 2:46 PM

      The Mama voice of reason. There is nothing wrong with the human body. Drilling holes in one’s head when not an absolute emergency is ridiculous. People will do strange things for attention. They need a Mama to give them some “gospel”, as my grandmother would say.

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        Dayphoto said:
        December 10, 2020 at 4:25 PM

        You Gramma is a very smart woman. I really don’t want any holes drilled in my head, you do know that don’t you?

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    badfinger20 (Max) said:
    December 11, 2020 at 8:17 PM

    He looks like an elf…a very stupid elf. Would it not have been easier just to buy a damn barometer?

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      The Hinoeuma responded:
      December 11, 2020 at 10:31 PM

      LOL! He’s an “ahhhhhh-tist.” He’s a “propioespecie.” He “special.” LOL!

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        badfinger20 (Max) said:
        December 11, 2020 at 11:14 PM

        LOL…as Bugs Bunny would say…”What a Maroon”

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          The Hinoeuma responded:
          December 12, 2020 at 12:52 AM

          Ed Zachary! LOL!

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            badfinger20 (Max) said:
            December 12, 2020 at 12:52 AM

            LOL that never gets old!

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              The Hinoeuma responded:
              December 12, 2020 at 1:55 AM

              I’m downloading the Whose Line stuff. OMG. SO funny.

              I’m using IMDb to figure out which episode is which.

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                badfinger20 (Max) said:
                December 12, 2020 at 1:57 AM

                I can get some more Vic…I just wanted to get it started.

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                  The Hinoeuma responded:
                  December 12, 2020 at 2:58 AM

                  No worries. No hurries. It ran for nine years.

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                    badfinger20 (Max) said:
                    December 12, 2020 at 3:02 AM

                    Oh geez lol…we will have to make it in sections.

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                      The Hinoeuma responded:
                      December 12, 2020 at 3:09 AM

                      *yawn* Good night.

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                      badfinger20 (Max) said:
                      December 12, 2020 at 3:16 AM

                      I’m there!

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