stranger visions

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:

http://www.wilsoncenter.org/event/stranger-visions-the-dna-you-leave-behind

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:

http://www.studio360.org/2013/feb/08/making-portraits-out-of-dna/

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

 

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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