Heather Dewey-Hagborg is an information artist who is interested in exploring art as research and public inquiry. Traversing media ranging from algorithms to installation, her work seeks to question fundamental assumptions underpinning perceptions of human nature, technology and the environment. One of her more recent projects, which is presented at Clocktower Gallery, is Stranger Visions.
In Stranger Visions, Dewey-Hagborg creates portrait sculptures from analyses of genetic material collected in public places. Working with the traces strangers unwittingly leave behind, she calls attention to the impulse toward genetic determinism and the potential for a culture of genetic surveillance.
Dewey-Hagborg has shown work internationally at events and venues including Jaaga art and technology center in Bangalore, the Monitor Digital Festival in Guadalajara, PS1 Moma, the New Museum, Eyebeam, Issue Project Room, and Splatterpool in New York City, Grounds for Sculpture in New Jersey, and CEPA Gallery in Buffalo. In addition to her individual work she collaborates often with the collective Future Archaeology. Her collaboration with video artist Adriana Varella, Unlanguage, will be exhibited at the 2012 Poland Biennial. Heather has received grants or residency awards from Eyebeam, MOMA PS1, Jaaga, I-Park, Sculpture Space, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, CEPA Gallery, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, and the National Science Foundation.
Dewey-Hagborg has a BA in Information Arts from Bennington College and a Masters degree from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. She is currently a PhD student in Electronic Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
The Clocktower projects of Heather Dewey-Hagborg are made possible by a grant from the Jerome Foundation.