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Documentation from Eyebeam Open Studios

July 3, 2012

Thanks to everyone who made it out to Eyebeam Open Studios! For those who didn’t, here are some pictures of my installation at the event. ALSO Stranger Visions is now up in a snazzy presentation in the Eyebeam bookstore/lobby til August, check it out if you are in Chelsea. (and consider donating to Eyebeam’s kickstarter campaign if you like their work!)

View as you enter Eyebeam Project Space.

Close up of sample collection table (petri dishes with hairs).

Another angle of the install.

Another angle of the install.

Me and my DNA self-portrait (thanks Brian House for taking this one!)

Close-up on the self-portrait.


Early prototype I showed at a LISA talk (thanks Kyle McDonald for the pic!) This version of the face was also on the table display at open studios.

  1. Karen Kido permalink
    February 13, 2013 9:45 am

    As a forensic artist I see discrepancies in the final product. What about ageing? The nose, jawline, skull shape appear off. Of course the bias of the creator influences the image. It still is amazing and something you can work with.

    A police missing person investigation can provide details of age, hair style, eye color etc and a composite could become accurate used in conjunction.

    A composite drawing is just a tool to get the suspect in “the ball park” which this soft ware can do.
    Karen Kido
    Salt Lake City Police Department
    Crime Lab

    • February 13, 2013 8:01 pm

      Hi Karen, Great comment! You are 100% right, these are ballpark estimates as I don’t have the privilege of the info a regular forensic artist would have and facial morphology DNA is still very preliminary.

      • Karen Kido permalink
        February 15, 2013 11:19 am

        Can DNA from a 12 year old be differentiated from a 50 year old person? When details of specifics characteristics are refined this will be amazing.

      • February 15, 2013 11:25 am

        Determining age from DNA is, in my understanding, still in the works though there are some preliminary studies pointing towards possible indicators and correlations, so in the next few years yes I think this will be possible!

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