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 Post subject: I'm leaning towards creepy......
 Post Posted: Sat May 04, 2013 10:51 am 
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Creepy or Cool? Portraits Derived From the DNA in Hair and Gum Found in Public Places

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Artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg and her DNA-derived self-portrait. Photo by Dan Phiffer.

It started with hair. Donning a pair of rubber gloves, Heather Dewey-Hagborg collected hairs from a public bathroom at Penn Station and placed them in plastic baggies for safe keeping. Then, her search expanded to include other types of forensic evidence. As the artist traverses her usual routes through New York City from her home in Brooklyn, down sidewalks onto city buses and subway cars—even into art museums—she gathers fingernails, cigarette butts and wads of discarded chewing gum.

Do you get strange looks? I ask, in a recent phone conversation. “Sometimes,” says Dewey-Hagborg. “But New Yorkers are pretty used to people doing weird stuff.”

Dewey-Hagborg’s odd habit has a larger purpose. The 30-year-old PhD student, studying electronic arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, extracts DNA from each piece of evidence she collects and enters this data into a computer program, which churns out a model of the face of the person who left the hair, fingernail, cigarette or gum behind.

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 Post subject: Re: I'm leaning towards creepy......
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im more interested in how close they are. i mean, its one think to grab something and construct a face, but with a set group, id be interested in how many were right. obviously, if this were anywhere near accurate it could have huge implications.

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If she does get it accurate, I would bet that she would be sued for likeness rights by the individual.

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 Post subject: Re: I'm leaning towards creepy......
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I figure it would make for a great anti-littering crusade/advertisement.

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 Post subject: Re: I'm leaning towards creepy......
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Cool. 8)

I would also be very interested to see how accurate they are.

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Part creepy due to the example being mounted like a trophy elk or something.

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The source of the materials is what's creepy, IMO. Public bathrooms? Good Lord; I wonder if you can get herpes just by touching her wall decoration, there? ;)

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