Stranger Visions is a unique art project that revolves around the use of DNA samples to construct portraits of unknown random people. Artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg rummages through such places as restrooms, restaurants, bus stops for stray hairs, cigarette butts, finger nail clippings and more. She then analyzes her findings to determine their genetic profile. From there, she constructs facial features that result in the Stranger Visions portraitures.
The Stranger Visions sculptures are created using a 3D printer. Currently on display at the Eyebeam Annual Showcase, Stranger Visions "calls attention to the impulse toward genetic determinism and the potential for a culture of genetic surveillance," according to her website. It is an intriguing concept that plays off of such forensic shows as CSI as well as an innate curiosity about people.
Stranger Visions by Heather Dewey-Hagborg Relies on Forensic Techniques
1. Dna-constructed Portraits - The trend of using DNA samples to create portraits of unknown individuals opens up opportunities for personalized art and forensic applications.
2. Genetic Profiling - The trend of analyzing genetic profiles from collected samples presents opportunities for personalized medicine and identification purposes.
3. 3D Printed Sculptures - The trend of using 3D printing technology to create sculptures opens up possibilities for customized artwork and rapid prototyping.
1. Art and Design - The art and design industry can explore the use of DNA samples and genetic profiling to create unique and personalized artworks.
2. Forensic Science - The forensic science industry can leverage genetic profiling techniques to enhance criminal investigations and identification processes.
3. Healthcare and Medicine - The healthcare and medicine industry can incorporate genetic profiling for personalized treatment plans and disease prevention strategies.