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Heather Dewey-Hagborg

Heather Dewey-Hagborg
Assistent Professor, School of the Art Institute of Chicago


Heather Dewey-Hagborg is a NYC-based transdisciplinary artist and educator interested in art as research and critical practice; she is currently an assistant professor of art and technology studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Heather has shown work internationally at events and venues including the World Economic Forum, Ars Electronica in Linz, the Shenzhen Urbanism and Architecture Bienniale, Poland Mediations Bienniale, Article Biennial in Norway, the Science Gallery Dublin, Transmediale in Berlin, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art in Germany, Museum Boijmans, Van Abbemuseum, and MU Art Space in the Netherlands and has exhibited nationally at PS1 Moma, the New Museum, Eyebeam, the New York Public Library, and the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, among many others. In addition to her individual work, Heather has collaborated with the collective Future Archaeology, with video artist Adriana Varella, and with artists Thomas Dexter, Aurelia Moser, Allison Burtch, and Adam Harvey.

Heather’s work has been featured in print in the New Yorker, the New York Times, Paper magazine, Arts Asia Pacific, the Wall Street Journal, the Times of London, Newsweek, New Scientist, Popular Science, Il Sole 24 Ore, Science magazine, and C Magazine, as well as on the cover of Government Technology; on television on CNN, Dan Rather Reports, the BBC World Service, ZDF in Germany, and Fuji and Freed Television in Japan, Channel One, RTR and Lenta in Russia, Norwegian Broadcasting; on the radio on Public Radio’s Science Friday, Studio 360, and CBS News; and online in the New York Times Magazine, TED, the Guardian, the New Inquiry, Reuters, the New York Post, NPR, Wired, Smithsonian, Le Monde, Haaretz, The Creators Project,, Art Ukraine, designboom, Capital New York, Artlog, Rhizome, Fast Company, The Verge, Motherboard, the Boston Globe, Huffington Post, Gizmodo, and the Daily Beast, among many others. Heather has given workshops and talks at museums, schools, conferences, and festivals, including MoMA, TEDxVienna, SxSW, Eyeo, the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, the Media Lab, the Woodrow Wilson Policy Center, Bio-IT World, the Norwegian Biotechnology Advisory Board, and LISA. Heather has received grants, residencies, or awards from Creative Capital, Eyebeam, MOMA PS1, Ars Electronica, Vida Art and Artificial Life Competition, Clocktower Gallery, Jaaga, I-Park, Sculpture Space, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, CEPA Gallery, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, and the National Science Foundation. Heather holds a BA in information arts from Bennington College, a master’s degree from the Interactive Telecommunications program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and a PhD in electronic arts from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


4:15pm–4:55pm Thursday, December 8, 2016
Design, visualization, and VR
Location: 310/311 Level: Non-technical
Joerg Blumtritt (Datarella), Heather Dewey-Hagborg (School of the Art Institute of Chicago)
Average rating: ***..
(3.60, 5 ratings)
Data already plays an important role as raw material for art, from algorithmic visualization and parametric architecture to works created entirely by autonomous machines. With data-driven art, data science now touches even the most human aspects of culture. Heather Dewey-Hagborg and Joerg Blumtritt share examples and discuss possible routes for future data art. Read more.
5:05pm–5:45pm Thursday, December 8, 2016
Law, ethics, open data
Location: 310/311 Level: Beginner
Joerg Blumtritt (Datarella), Heather Dewey-Hagborg (School of the Art Institute of Chicago)
Average rating: ****.
(4.75, 4 ratings)
Data ethics covers more than just privacy. In a connected world where most people rely on data-driven services, opting out and locking data away is hardly an option. More important than keeping data private is ensuring fairness and preventing abuse. Joerg Blumtritt and Heather Dewey-Hagborg show how to deal with data in an ethical way that has sound economic value. Read more.