Heather Dewey-Hagborg is a interdisciplinary artist and educator, interested in art as research and critical practice. Her controversial biopolitical art practices include the project Stranger Visions in which she created portrait sculptures from analyses of genetic material (hair, cigarette butts, chewed up gum) collected from public places.
She has shown her work internationally at events including the World Economic Forum, the Shenzhen Urbanism and Architecture Biennale, the Van Abbemuseum, Transmediale and PS1 MOMA. Her work is held in the public collections of Centre Pompidou, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the New York Historical Society, and has been widely featured in the media, including the New York Times, BBC, Art Forum and Wired. She is an artist fellow at AI Now, an Artist-in-Residence at the Exploratorium, and an affiliate of Data & Society. She is also a co-founder and co-curator of REFRESH, an inclusive and politically engaged collaborative platform at the intersection of art, science, and technology.
Heather has a PhD in Electronic Arts from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.