Heather Dewey-Hagborg
Since 2008
Works in Brooklyn, New York United States of America

Heather Dewey-Hagborg is an transdisciplinary artist, programmer and educator who is interested in exploring art as research and public inquiry. Traversing media ranging from algorithms to DNA, her work seeks to question fundamental assumptions underpinning perceptions of human nature, technology and the environment. Examining culture through the lens of information, Heather creates situations and objects embodying concepts, probes for reflection and discussion.

Heather has shown work internationally at events and venues including Ars Electronica in Linz, the Poland Mediations Bienniale, the Science Gallery Dublin, University of Technology Gallery in Sydney, Museum Boijmans in Rotterdam, Jaaga art and technology center in Bangalore, and the Monitor Digital Festival in Guadalajara. She has exhibited nationally at PS1 Moma, the New Museum, Eyebeam, Clocktower Gallery, 92Y Tribeca, Issue Project Room, and Splatterpool in New York City, Grounds for Sculpture in New Jersey, and CEPA Gallery in Buffalo 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 Aurelia Moser, Allison Burtch, and Adam Harvey.

Her work has been featured in print in the New Yorker, New York Times, Arts Asia Pacific, Wall Street Journal, the Times of London, Il Sole 24 Ore, Science Magazine, and Time Out New York, on television on the BBC World Service, ZDF in Germany, CNN, Dan Rather Reports and Fuji Television in Japan, on the radio on Public Radio's Studio 360, and CBS News, and online in the New York Times Magazine, TED, the Guardian, Reuters, the New York Post, NPR, Wired, Smithsonian, Le Monde, Haaretz, The Creators Project, Art Ukraine, Designboom, Capital New York, Artlog, Fast Company, The Verge, Motherboard, the Boston Globe, Fast Company, Huffington Post, Gizmodo and the Daily Beast, among many others.

Heather has given talks at schools, conferences and festivals including Eyeo, the New School, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, the Woodrow Wilson Policy Center, TAGDF Mexico City, and LISA.

Heather has received grants or residency awards from Eyebeam, MOMA PS1, 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 BA in Information Arts from Bennington College and a Masters degree from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. She is currently a PhD student in Electronic Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
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Heather Dewey-Hagborg’s Totem: Opening April 24th 7pm at Issue Project Room

Sat Apr 24, 2010 00:00 - Mon Apr 19, 2010

Visual artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg’s Totem is a new installation created for Issue Project Room exploring language as an act of power and a force of control. Drawing inspiration from surveillance culture, artificial intelligence, and the research of Julian Jaynes on the origin of consciousness, Totem assumes the form of a ritual icon, eavesdropping on the conversation in its vicinity.

Drawing only on patterns of sound in its immediate environment Totem defines its own language: a grammar and lexicon based on machine intuition, an inductive bias that shapes what is heard. Divorced from their original context words assume new character, meaning and intentionality. Totem transforms overheard conversation and incidental noises into a constantly evolving composition of sound.

Totem is the second in a series of new body of work Dewey-Hagborg has created in the past year dealing with the politics of listening. The first, Listening Post, was installed in downtown Buffalo for five months as part of the Conversation Pieces exhibit at CEPA Gallery.

The opening reception will be held on 4/24 at Issue Project Room, 232 3rd St. in Brooklyn NY at 7pm. The installation will remain on view through June 2010. The exhibit will be accessible Mon-Fri 9-5 and later on evenings of performances at Issue Project Room.

Totem was made possible by generous contributions from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts and the support of Issue Project Room.

More information is available on the artist’s website: www.deweyhagborg.com


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