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Invisible, 2014

Runtime 1:48 Invisible is a fully-functional genetic privacy product offered for sale by the imaginary biotechnology company “Biogenfutures.” Designed as an artistic provocation, Invisible points beyond surveillance to interrogate the alleged infallibility of the DNA “gold standard.” To this end Invisible is an exploit – in the hacker sense of the term. It points out a security vulnerability. If DNA evidence can be hacked, forged, and planted like any other evidence does it deserve its elevated status? Invisible is a suite of two complementary products. The Erase spray deletes 99.5% of the DNA you leave in public. The Replace spray cloaks biological material with DNA noise. Derived from over 50 different DNA sources and utilizing a special preservative, Replace brings the electronic privacy method of obfuscation to the biological.  Heather Dewey-Hagborg is a transdisciplinary artist and educator who is interested in art as research and critical inquiry. Heather has shown work internationally at events and venues including the Shenzhen Urbanism and Architecture Bienniale, Poland Mediations Bienniale, Norway Article Bienniale, Ars Electronica, Transmediale, CCCB, ZKM, the Science Gallery Dublin, PS1 MOMA, the New Museum, and Eyebeam Art and Technology Center in New York City. Her work has been widely discussed in the media, from the New York Times and the BBC to TED and Wired. She is an Assistant Professor of Art and Technology Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.