Information artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg has created a rather bizarre series of sculptures for her project Stranger Visions. The sculptures are based on pieces of information; DNA that has been extracted from objects located in public places. The DNA is extracted from cigarette butts, finger nail clippings found in public bathrooms and restaurants and strands of hair held captive by the wind.
With the aid of a team of biologists from Genspace, a Brooklyn based DIY biology lab, the information is extracted and analysed. Dewey-Hagborg is then able to build facial features based on the strangers genetic profile such as eye colour, ethnicity and hair colour. Though not able to determine the strangers age, based on the found information, the artist chose to construct her face sculptures as though they were 25-year-olds.
The faces that will be mounted to the walls of the QF Gallery in Long Island from June 29th through July 13th were made with the assistance of DNA facial modelling software and a 3D printer. As noted by My Modern Met;
Cloning and 3D printing (as of late) have proven to be controversial branches of science and technology because of their invasive and detrimental possibilities. Similarly, Dewey-Hagborg’s scientific art presents an unsettling level of biology-based art that contains a great deal of genetic information.