Past events

DocLab Live: Immersive Showcase 22 Nov 2016 at 20:00

Immersive storytelling is going through an unprecedented evolution. But where does the hype end and do new art forms take shape?

Industry Session: Putting Your Audience in the Story 22 Nov 2016 at 12:00

Virtual reality pioneer Zillah Watson tells you all about storytelling in emerging consumer technology.

Industry Talk: The (Un)defined Business of Interactive 22 Nov 2016 at 15:00

With over 10 years of digital non-fiction art production behind us, this talk explores future developments of interactive storytelling and how to fund it.

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Radical Love

An artist creates two life-size 3-D portraits of jailed WikiLeaks whistleblower Chelsea Manning on the basis of her DNA.

“Pics or it didn’t happen” – whistleblower Chelsea Manning knows only too well the hard truth that underlies this maxim of the digital age. Before her gender reassignment surgery, when she still went by Bradley Manning, she leaked state secrets to WikiLeaks. Sentenced to 35 years in prison, since then she has disappeared from public view. Only a handful of people have seen her as a woman, and for the rest it is as if she doesn’t exist. In a response to this absence, artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg made two life-size 3-D portraits of Manning using forensic DNA phenotyping, a technique that approximates a person’s on the basis of their DNA. Manning herself sent hair and saliva samples. Dewey-Hagborg constructed two possible versions of Manning’s face, one more gender-neutral, the other more feminine. The portraits not only criticize phenotyping as a form of control, but also question the contemporary fixation on the visual image, and how prisoners are deprived of their humanity by keeping them invisible – as if they don’t exist.

Project details

Year of development :2016
Created by:Heather Dewey-Hagborg

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