PRISM Break Up
October 3-6, 2013
New York, NY

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On October 3-6, 2013, Eyebeam Art and Technology Center will host the first event of its kind PRISM Break Up, a series of art and technology events dedicated to exploring and providing forms of protection from overreaching surveillance. The gathering will bring together a wide spectrum of artists, hackers, academics, activists, security analysts and journalists for a long weekend of meaningful conversation, hands-on workshops and art installations.

Why does it matter?


Come by QF gallery tomorrow evening for my closing party!


QF Gallery 
98 Newtown Lane
East Hampton, NY 11937

Saturday, July 20
gallery opens at noon
closing reception 6-8pm


This is the first in a series of technical posts I hope to put together over the coming weeks about the process of creating Stranger Visions. Starting from the lab end I will describe in detail how I create these portraits from DNA.

The first step of course is extracting DNA from a sample, that can be done with a kit readily obtainable from Qiagen, the “DNA Investigator Kit”.


Kari Mulholland over at TED made a short behind-the-scenes documentary about Stranger visions, check it out!


I am very excited about this event I am participating in on Monday afternoon:

It’s a policy discussion in DC about the bioethical and privacy issues raised by Stranger Visions. If you are in or near DC come by! I will have some work on display, give  a short presentation and then we will have an interactive discussion.


First off, a really nice post on the smithsonian blog about my work:


WNYC and PRI’s Studio 360 did a great feature on my Stranger Visions project:

I received an anonymous sample of hair, and made a portrait of this person’s DNA – see the results below!


Check out my latest work on Stranger Visions at Clocktower Gallery in lower Manhattan.


It’s open tues-fri noon to 5pm.

Lots of great press for the project in the past week:


I am excited to participate in the Eyebeam annual showcase, opening Thursday! They are moving from a twice a year open studios show to a once a year retrospective of the work of residents and fellows from the past year. It is a great group of artists and looks like it will be a fantastic show.

I will be showing the latest developments in my Stranger Visions project, unveiling the first portrait derived from found material as well as a video documenting the process.


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