Heather Dewey-Hagborg is an information artist who is interested in exploring art as research and public inquiry. Traversing media ranging from algorithms to DNA, her work seeks to question fundamental assumptions underpinning perceptions of human nature, technology and the environment.
One of her recent projects is Stranger Visions. In Stranger Visions, Dewey-Hagborg creates portrait sculptures from unknown random people: from analyses of genetic material collected in public places, restaurants, bus stops, shops etc. She uses random traces left behind by strangers, hairs, cigarette butts, to construct facial features according to their genetic profile.
"Working with the traces strangers unwittingly leave behind, Dewey-Hagborg calls attention to the impulse toward genetic determinism and the potential for a culture of genetic surveillance", writes Dewey-Hagborg on her website.
The Stranger Visions sculptures are created using DNA facial modeling software and a 3D printer.
Heather has a BA in Information Arts from Bennington College and a Masters degree from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. She is currently a PhD student in Electronic Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
image courtesy heather dewey-hagborg
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