Leave me your DNA … and I’ll 3D-print your face | The Guardian

Your DNA is as personal as you can get. It has information about you, your family and your future. Now, imagine it is used – without your consent – to create a mask of your face. Working with the DNA bits left behind by strangers, a Brooklyn artist makes us think about issues of privacy and genetic surveillance.

Heather Dewey-Hagborg, a 30-year-old PhD student studying electronic arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has the weird habit of gathering the DNA people leave behind, from cigarette butts and fingernails to used coffee cups and chewing gum. She goes to Genspace (New York City’s Community Biolab) to extract DNA from the detritus she collects and sequence specific genomic regions from her samples. The data are then fed into a computer program, which churns out a facial model of the person who left the hair, fingernail, cigarette or gum behind. Using a 3D printer, she creates life-sized masks – some of which are coming to a gallery wall near you.

[Read more]

3D Sculpture pictured is by: Sophie Kahn

  1. artspiration521 reblogged this from heythereuniverse
  2. its-relevant reblogged this from heythereuniverse
  3. axleripsilver reblogged this from heythereuniverse
  4. lowkeebizz reblogged this from heythereuniverse
  5. defyinggravitytothetardissoul reblogged this from heythereuniverse
  6. adesignresearcher reblogged this from heythereuniverse
  7. cinnamon-cicada reblogged this from heythereuniverse
  8. vanishedpowerlines reblogged this from allwinksandsmiles
  9. the-foghorn reblogged this from heythereuniverse
  10. cameupempty reblogged this from heythereuniverse
  11. squashsplat reblogged this from heythereuniverse
  12. science-of-madness reblogged this from heythereuniverse
  13. danirulz83 reblogged this from genannetics
  14. artmedandtypography reblogged this from rocket-gun
  15. keanumv reblogged this from heythereuniverse
  16. tittysaturn reblogged this from heythereuniverse and added:
    Think I’ll have my dick printed for my gf 😉
  17. philosoraptrix reblogged this from psychhealth
  18. killedinmotion reblogged this from victimesdelamour
  19. ariemnu reblogged this from heythereuniverse
  20. tatanlabs reblogged this from madbeautifulscience
  21. kerbiemarie reblogged this from junpoco
  22. piper-cub reblogged this from heythereuniverse