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Thu, Apr 1st, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
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Heather Dewey-Hagborg is an information artist and biohacker who creates speculative projects that critique issues of technology, surveillance, and image culture.

Her project Stranger Visions, currently on view in the Walker exhibition Designs for Different Futures, consists of a row of highly realistic, 3D printed human face masks. Each face is predictively generated from DNA samples that the artist surreptitiously collected from random strangers in New York City, from sources like discarded hairs, chewed up gum, and cigarette butts. The project points towards ways our genetic information is being weaponized as a form of surveillance.

Dewey-Hagborg’s work has been discussed broadly in the media, in publications such as The New York Times and Wired Magazine. She is an artist fellow at AI Now, an institution dedicated to studying the social ramifications of artificial intelligence, and an artist in residence at the Exploratorium, a museum exploring the overlap of art and science. She is currently a visiting assistant professor of interactive media at NYU Abu Dhabi. She has a PhD in electronic arts from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


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About the Insights Lecture Series

Insights is a design lecture series for progressive creatives. A unique collaboration between the Walker Art Center and AIGA Minnesota, the series embraces the unexpected to present diverse, exploratory, and contemporary lecturers. Featuring perspectives from around the world, Insights gives voice to adventurous design thinkers and makers. These designers often pose challenges and push the edges of their profession, in turn inspiring us to identify new perspectives in our own work.

For over three decades, the Walker Art Center and AIGA Minnesota have co-presented the Insights Design Lecture Series and brought the world’s most adventurous design thinkers and makers to the Twin Cities. Redefine your understanding of graphic design and dive into the thinking behind the work. Past lectures are archived on the Walker Art Center YouTube channel.

Work by Heather Dewey-Harbourg

mask-like faces made of silicon hung on a mirrored wall

Dewey-Hagborg’s possible portraits of Chelsea Manning algorithmically-generated by an analysis of her DNA.

dark image of a test tube of a hypothetical product called Erase that deletes DNA

Exploration of the future of genetic privacy.

closeup of a fair-skinned blonde woman applying lipstick

Dewey-Hagborg’s playful look at DIY ways in which anonymity can be enabled in the age of genetic surveillance.