10/2/13 – Heather Dewey-Hagborg and Bang Wong

Genomics

In different ways, Heather Dewey-Hagborg and BangWong both transcend the traditional division between science and art. Each uses data as a starting point and then employs tools and techniques from both the science and art realms in order to visualize that data. One place where they diverge is in the outcomes of their work. For Bang Wong, the outcome is essentially scientific: the results seek to explicate patterns and understand relationships in the data in order to make sense of complex systems. In the case of Heather Dewy-Hagborg’s Stranger Visions project, the result is essentially artistic: she uses a visual art piece to provoke thought and conversations about the role that DNA plays in our public interactions by creating an object. For Dewey-Hagborg and Wong, the boundary between science and art is fluid; and each is central to our understanding of the world.