Heather Dewey-Hagborg

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Heather Dewey-Hagborg (1982, Philadelphia, PA) is a Chicago-based artist and educator who is interested in art as research and critical practice. She is currently a PhD candidate in Electronic Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Assistant Professor of Art and technology Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She 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 most noted for her project Stranger Visions: a series of portraits created from DNA she recovered from discarded items, such as hair, cigarettes and chewing gum while living in Brooklyn, New York. She sequenced the DNA at the Brooklyn open biotechnology laboratory, Genspace. From the extracted DNA, she determined gender, ethnicity and other factors and then used face-generating software and a 3D printer to create a 3D portrait.