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After Dark Online: Hacking the Human Genome | Thursday, 13. August 2020

Transmedia artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg’s work probes what we can and can’t learn from our DNA, balancing an optimistic perspective on biotechnology with an honest exploration of its ethical implications. Join her in conversation with legal scholar Elizabeth Joh at After Dark Online: Hacking the Human Genome.

Free online event, recommended for ages 18+. No prior registration required.

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Having your DNA analyzed is as easy as spitting into a tube, and companies now compete to offer genetic revelations about our ancestry and risk of disease. But are there downsides to allowing easy access to our genomic information? Can our DNA also be translated into new to ways to connect? Explore these questions and more with us at After Dark Online: Hacking the Human Genome.


↳ Heather Dewey-Hagborg is a transdisciplinary artist and educator interested in art as research and critical practice. Her work Probably Chelsea—in the Exploratorium’s Cells to Self collection—presents twenty diverse sculptural portraits based on one person’s DNA information.

↳ Elizabeth Joh is a Martin Luther King Jr. Professor of Law at University of California, Davis who has written widely about policing, technology, and surveillance. Her scholarship has appeared in the Stanford Law Review, the California Law Review, the Northwestern University Law Review, the Harvard Law Review Forum, and the University of Pennsylvania Law Review Online. She has also provided commentary for the Los Angeles Times, Slate, and the New York Times.

↳ Resonance: Unheard Sounds, Undiscovered Music

Resonance is about music and sound created or captured in interesting and unusual ways by important artists working in many fields. Tonight, join Bryan Day who hacks common materials and found materials to fabricate one of a kind sound sculptures.

Bryan Day is a sound artist based in the Bay Area. He also runs the record label Public Eyesore.


This Thursday night, we’re beaming After Dark live to your screens. It’s all the mind-opening, sense-shifting, atom-buzzing wonder you’d expect. Now, under a different roof: yours. Cozy up, grab a drink, and get closer to whatever you’re curious about.

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