DNA

I just came back from the 3rd Mediations Biennial in Poznan Poland, a truly international affair selected by 4 different curators and including 150 artists from all over the world.

 

Here are some nice pics Dan Phiffer took of my work-in-progress installation in the Eyebeam bookstore.

Click to view slideshow.

 

I am very happy to report that I am featured in this week’s science magazine! The magazine isn’t freely available online but I am posting just the little section on me here in case anyone is interested in reading it!

Facing the Genetic Future

Sitting in a therapist’s office, New York City artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg discovered a hair

lodged in a crack in the glass covering a painting on the wall. “I stared at it for an hour,”

she says. “I couldn’t stop wondering who it belonged to, and what I could find out about

that person.”

After reading a story in Science about the new field of forensic DNA phenotyping

 

And here is another portrait form an open source genome, also on github!

 

So Manu Sporny (in)famously open sourced his genome by posting it to Github a year and a half ago and he writes extensively about his reasons on his website.

I downloaded his file and ran it through my Stranger Visions software today to generate my take on his face. You can see a side by side comparison of my generated face and his actual face (well pulled from google image search results) below.

 

I am still very much in the middle of my wetlab work for Stranger Visions but the software side – the part that takes DNA information and produces a 3d model of a face – is mostly complete. I thought I would talk a little bit about the software and the concept of inductive bias in this next installment on Stranger Visions. This is a slightly technical post but there is a kind of ethical question  at the end…

 

Thanks to everyone who made it out to Eyebeam Open Studios! For those who didn’t, here are some pictures of my installation at the event. ALSO Stranger Visions is now up in a snazzy presentation in the Eyebeam bookstore/lobby til August, check it out if you are in Chelsea. (and consider donating to Eyebeam’s kickstarter campaign if you like their work!)


View as you enter Eyebeam Project Space.

 

As many of you probably already know I have been working hard over the past 6 months on a new project Stranger Visions. I am working on the piece as a resident at Eyebeam and in collaboration with the DIY bio lab, Genspace in downtown Brooklyn. I recently gave a LISA talk describing this piece and I thought I would elaborate on some of the details from my presentation through a series of blog posts. In this post I will describe where the idea behind Stranger Visions  came from and how I am producing it in general terms. Future posts will delve into more details about lab work, 3d programming, 3d printing and ethics.

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Future Archaeology is premiering a new work – “moc.elgooG”
A situated net art experiment in subverting power dynamics of internet search.
Opening Friday 7pm – late at Splatterpool gallery in Williamsburg 138 Bayard St.

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