Heather Dewey-Hagborg is a transdisciplinary artist and educator who is interested in art as research and critical practice. Her controversial biopolitical art practice includes the project Stranger Visions in which she created portrait sculptures from analyses of genetic material (hair, cigarette butts, chewed up gum) collected in public places.
Heather has shown work internationally at events and venues including the World Economic Forum, Shenzhen Urbanism and Architecture Biennale, the New Museum, the Centre Pompidou and PS1 MOMA. Her work has been widely discussed in the media, from the New York Times and the BBC to TED and Wired. Heather has a PhD in Electronic Arts from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, she is an Assistant Professor of Art and Technology Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a 2016 Creative Capital award grantee in the area of Emerging Fields.
Heather has shown work internationally at events and venues including the World Economic Forum, Ars Electronica in Linz, the Shenzhen Urbanism and Architecture Biennale, Poland Mediations Biennale, Article Biennial in Norway, Beijing Media Art Biennale, the Science Gallery Dublin, Transmediale in Berlin, the Centre Pompidou, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art in Germany, Museum Boijmans, Van Abbemuseum, and MU Art Space in the Netherlands. She has exhibited nationally at PS1 Moma, the New Museum, Eyebeam, the New York Public Library, and the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art among many others. In addition to her individual work she has collaborated with the collective Future Archaeology, with video artist Adriana Varella and with artists Thomas Dexter, Aurelia Moser, Allison Burtch, and Adam Harvey.
Her work has been featured in print in the New Yorker, New York Times, Paper Magazine, Arts Asia Pacific, Wall Street Journal, the Times of London, Newsweek, New Scientist, Popular Science, Il Sole 24 Ore, Science Magazine, Arts Asia Pacific, C Magazine, and on the cover of Government Technology, on television on CNN, Dan Rather Reports, the BBC World Service, ZDF in Germany, and Fuji and Freed Television in Japan, Channel One, RTR and Lenta in Russia, Norwegian Broadcasting, on the radio on Public Radio's Science Friday, Studio 360, and CBS News, and online in the New York Times Magazine, TED, the Guardian, the New Inquiry, Reuters, the New York Post, NPR, Wired, Smithsonian, Le Monde, Haaretz, The Creators Project, neural.it, Art Ukraine, Designboom, Capital New York, Artlog, Rhizome, Fast Company, The Verge, Motherboard, the Boston Globe, Huffington Post, Gizmodo and the Daily Beast, among many others.
Heather has given workshops and talks at museums, schools, conferences and festivals including MoMA, TEDxVienna, sxsw, Eyeo, the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, the Media Lab, the Woodrow Wilson Policy Center, Bio-IT World, the Norwegian Biotechnology Advisory Board and LISA.
Heather has received grants, residencies, or awards from Creative Capital, Eyebeam, Data & Society, the New York Genome Center, MOMA PS1, Ars Electronica, Vida Art and Artificial Life Competition, Clocktower Gallery, Jaaga, I-Park, Sculpture Space, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, CEPA Gallery, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, and the National Science Foundation.
Heather has a PhD in Electronic Arts from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a Masters degree from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University, and a BA in Information Arts from Bennington College. She is currently and Assistant Professor of Art and technology Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.