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The DNA YOU Leave Behind: Exhibit/Talk/Discussion of Stranger Visions

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An Exhibit/Talk/Discussion Around DNA, Privacy, and the Recent Work of Heather Dewey-Hagborg

Heather Dewey-Hagborg ( is an information artist who is interested in exploring art as research and public inquiry.

In her recent project Stranger Visions she creates literal figurative portrait sculptures from analyses of genetic material collected in public places. 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. The project raises questions about the DNA we leave behind, privacy, and numerous legal and bioethical issues.

Designed as a provocation, Stranger Visions has been featured in news media internationally from the Smithsonian (, CNN (, the New York Times (, and National Public Radio ( to Le Monde ( and Fuji Television.

In this exhibit/policy discussion Dewey-Hagborg will discuss her process and progress on Stranger Visions and together with Dr.Todd Kuiken from the Wilson Center for public policy, will engage the public in a discussion of the bioethical and policy dimensions of the work.

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