Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Stranger Visions
Heather Dewey-Hagborg is an information artist who is interested in exploring art as research and public inquiry. Traversing media ranging from algorithms to installation, her work seeks to question fundamental assumptions underpinning perceptions of human nature, technology and the environment. One of her more recent projects, which is presented at Clocktower Gallery, is Stranger Visions.
In Stranger Visions, Dewey-Hagborg creates portrait sculptures from analyses of genetic material collected in public places. Working with the traces strangers unwittingly leave behind, she calls attention to the impulse toward genetic determinism and the potential for a culture of genetic surveillance.