Dana Hemes constructs system-based, visual experiments with human and nonhuman participants to explore interspecies dialogues. She uses functioning, complex systems to challenge anthropocentric thinking and to examine how interspecies interactions can change the meaning of communication. Born in 1986, she grew up in Lafayette, LA. She holds an MFA in Studio Arts from Montclair State University, and a BFA from NYU in Photography and Imaging and Studio Arts. She has been artist-in-residence at Whitecliffe College in Auckland, New Zealand, with the School of Making Thinking, in New York City, and with the Wassaic Project in Wassaic, NY; and has exhibited at Whitecliffe College, Cardiff School of Art and Design in Wales, and at MagnanMetz Gallery in New York. She has lectured at SVA and at MSU, and lives and works in New York.