A selection of my favorite talks, short documentaries, and interviews about my work


Traces Short documentary on my work by Emily Sheskin & Veena Rao. January 5, 2016.

Dan Rather Reports segment on Stranger Visions. 2013.

DNA Portrait TED documentary on Stranger Visions by Kari Mulholland. June 5, 2013.

DNA Portraits for Aspekte (ZDF) by Christine Daum-Farber and Nelson Farber. In German. Summer 2013.

Interview with Christine Daum-Farber and Nelson Farber. Summer 2013.

News / Interviews

Genetic surveillance: Artist sketches faces from DNA (BBC). Jul 22, 2013.

Art created by using a person's DNA (CNN live). May 19, 2013.

Artist creates faces from DNA left in public (CNN). September 4, 2013.

Artist stirs privacy debate with portraits from DNA (Reuters). July 1, 2013.

*Border Sessions Conference Interview. July 11, 2016.

*Biohacker Chat with Josiah Zayner. April 25, 2017.


Talk at University of Michigan Ann Arbor Penny Stamps lecture series. April 6, 2017.

Talk at MoMA R&D Salon 15: The Way of the Algorithm. April 29, 2015.

I steal DNA from strangers Talk at TEDxVienna. Nov 1, 2014.

Talk at Eyeo Festival. August, 2013.

Power/Play One of my first public talks ever! Ignite talk on bias in machine learning systems. June 21, 2010.


Short audio doc with Studio 360

Interview on Science Friday with Ira Flatow

Chelsea Manning, Artist, Will Show Collaborative Self-Portraits at New York Gallery Twersky
ARTNEWS. June 29, 2017.

The Stranger Could Be You by James Rickman
Paper Magazine. Sept 1, 2015.

Invisible by Brendan Byrne
Rhizome. July 2, 2014.

Erase Your DNA And Become Invisible With Genetics-Obscuring Spray by Zach Sokol
The Creators Project. May 2, 2014.

This company wants to make your DNA untraceable by Kwame Opam
The Verge. May 2, 2014.

The Future of Forensic Identification? by Colin Wood
Government Technology. Sept 27, 2013.

Mask Crusader by Alec Wilkinson
The New Yorker. July 1, 2013.

Litterbugs Beware: Turning Found DNA Into Portraits by Acacia Aquires
NPR. May 12, 2013.

Faces in the Crowd, Printed in 3-D by Nandi Rodrigo
New York Times. May 8, 2013.

Artist collects DNA from discarded hair and nails, 3D-prints owner's face by Ian Steadman
Wired UK. May 7, 2013.

Creepy or Cool? Portraits Derived From the DNA in Hair and Gum Found in Public Places by Megan Gambino
Smithsonian. May 3, 2013.

Art Emerges from DNA Left Behind by Josh Dawsey
The Wall Street Journal. March 10, 2013.

Artist Collects And Analyzes DNA Samples To Create 3D Portraits In "Stranger Visions" by Julia Kaganskiy
The Creators Project. Jan 24, 2013.

Heather Dewey-Hagborg Uses DNA To Reconstruct Your Identity for Art by Miriam Simun
Motherboard, Vice. July 13, 2012.

Stranger Visions: a genetic surveillance project goes snooping for pieces of ourselves by Joshua Kopstein
The Verge. July 5, 2012.