Artalk by Heather Dewey-Hagborg


Kennedy~Reedy Theatre, McGlothlin Center for the Arts (MCA) — 30481 Garnand Dr.

Stranger Visions

Exhibit: Feb 12- March 9, 2018

In Stranger Visions, artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg collected hairs, chewed up gum, and cigarette butts from the streets, public bathrooms and waiting rooms of New York City. She extracted DNA from them and analyzed it to computationally generate 3d printed life size full-color portraits representing what those individuals might look like, based on genomic research. Working with the traces strangers unwittingly left behind, the project was meant to call attention to the developing technology of forensic DNA phenotyping, the potential for a culture of biological surveillance, and the impulse towards genetic determinism.  In her lecture, she will discuss her Stranger Visions project from 2012 through 2013 as well as other developments in her research since the original project took place.

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