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The combination of technology and science can lead to incredible results. Heather Dewey-Hagborg’s “Stranger Visions” exhibition consists of an interesting project from this combination. She collected hairs, chewed up gums, and cigarette butts from the streets, public bathrooms and waiting rooms of New York City. Then, analyzed them and created 3D and colorful figurative portraits of the owners of these leftovers.

Dewey-Hagborg explains the purpose of his project on her website as: “Working with the traces strangers unwittingly leave behind, Dewey-Hagborg calls attention to the impulse toward genetic determinism and the potential for a culture of genetic surveillance. The project raises questions about the DNA we leave behind, privacy, and numerous legal and bio-ethical issues.”