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Having your DNA analyzed is as easy as spitting into a tube, and companies now compete to offer genetic revelations about our ancestry and risk of disease. But are there downsides to allowing easy access to our genomic information? Can our DNA also be translated into new to ways to connect? Transmedia artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg’s work probes what we can and can’t learn from our DNA, balancing an optimistic perspective on biotechnology with an honest exploration of its ethical implications. Join her in conversation with legal scholar Elizabeth Joh.
Resonance: Unheard Sounds, Undiscovered Music
Our series Resonance is about music and sound created or captured in interesting and unusual ways by important artists in a variety of fields. Join Bryan Day, who hacks common and found materials to fabricate one-of-a-kind sound sculptures.
Heather Dewey-Hagborg is a transdisciplinary artist and educator interested in art as research and critical practice. Her work Probably Chelsea—in the Exploratorium’s Cells to Self collection—presents twenty diverse sculptural portraits based on one person’s DNA information.
Elizabeth Joh is a Martin Luther King Jr. Professor of Law at University of California, Davis who has written widely about policing, technology, and surveillance. Her scholarship has appeared in the Stanford Law Review, the California Law Review, the Northwestern University Law Review, the Harvard Law Review Forum, and the University of Pennsylvania Law Review Online. She has also provided commentary for the Los Angeles Times, Slate, and the New York Times.
Bryan Day is a sound artist based in the Bay Area. He also runs the record label Public Eyesore.