Ep. 08 Heather Dewey-Hagborg

October 04, 2016

Playing For Team Human today, the brilliant and terrifying artist and bio-hacker Heather Dewey- Hagborg. As a transdisciplinary artist, Heather explores the intersection of science, art and biopolitics. Heather recently made the headlines with a project called Stranger Visions, in which she collected random human genetic material left behind in the detritus of public spaces to generate portrait masks of strangers using a process called forensic DNA phenotyping.

In another recent project, Radical Love: Chelsea Manning, Heather again used this process of DNA phenotyping to create a series of 3D portraits of whistleblower Chelsea Manning, who is not allowed to be photographed while in prison. Radical Love is both subversive and thought-provoking as it calls attention to Manning’s incarceration as well as issues of gender stereotypes and identity.

illustration: bobbycampbell.net

Visit Heather’s website deweyhagborg.com to learn more about Heather’s many works.

Learn more about genspace.org. Genspace promotes “citizen science” offering public access to  biotechnology, lab, and educational resources.

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