As a bioartist Heather Dewey-Hagborg appropriates tools of biomedicine and genomics. Using these tools of science Heather moves between laboratory and studio to explore art as research and critical inquiry.
In Heather’s recent series Stranger Visions she creates 3D resin portraits from analyses of genetic material collected in public places. Working with gum, cigarette butts and hair she extracts DNA and places it through a facial algorithm. The end result is a facial 3D portraits. Select prints from Stranger Visions are currently on view in CEG’s exhibition Identify, running through April 4th.
Once I started working on this project I began noticing “forensic evidence” everywhere I turned. If I collected everything, I noticed I could fill my apartment… -Heather
Heather will also be participating in two exciting upcoming events. Don’t miss her at the New Museum and SXSW!
The New Museum’s VISIBLE / INVISIBLE Symposium. This daylong symposium on March 7th will question how the legacy of identity politics might be reconsidered in light of our present culture, where making oneself visible is de rigueur and yet can also carry threatening connotations: being captured, tracked, or dangerously overexposed. Heather Dewey-Hagborg will be speaking on a panel discussion about “Selfhood, Selflessness, and Selfies: On Being Rendered Visible” from 3:00 – 4:30 PM. Check out more information at newmuseum.org!
Heather will also be at South by Southwest! Join her Friday March 13th from 3:30 – 4:30PM at Salon 2 for Bioart: Melding Biotech and Art!
A growing number of artists are now turning to biotechnology as their medium. In this panel, curators and bioartists will attempt to decipher the themes emerging from this burgeoning genre of art, one that melds with biotech. Check out more information at schedule.sxsw.com!