VICE interviewed Assistant Professor Heather Dewey-Hagborg (Art and Technology) as part of a growing body of artists with biopolitical art practices. Using materials like DNA and advanced computing technology, Dewey-Hagborg creates work that challenges the structural forces shaping how biological science is interpreted and applied.
In her latest project, Stranger Visions, Hagborg extracted DNA from garbage she found in public, then used that genetic information to generate life-size 3D printed portraits. This work calls attention to the developing technology of forensic DNA phenotyping and the potential for a culture of both biological determinism and of biological surveillance.
Stranger Visions opened recently at the Centre Pompidou in Paris as part of Imprimer le Monde, an exhibition of art, design, and architecture that explores the experimental and analytical possibilities of 3D printing. The exhibition is on view until June 19.