Human Race Machine by Nancy Burson

Human Race Machine by Nancy Burson
Monday, January 8 through Friday, January 12, 11AM-6PM

New Baker University Center (
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

The Human Race Machine, by artist Nancy Burson
(, allows participants to see themselves with the facial characteristics of six different races mapped onto their own visage. Sponsored by The Black Student Cultural Programming Board. This event is SAC funded.

“There is only one race, the human one. The concept of race is not genetic, but social. There is no gene for race. The Human Race Machine allows us to move beyond differences and arrive at sameness. We are all one.”

“Nancy Burson’s work is shown in museums and galleries internationally including major exhibitions at The International Center of Photography and the New Museum in New York City, The Venice Biennale, The Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston, and The Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago. She has served as a visiting professor at Harvard and was a member of the adjunct photography faculty at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Burson is best known for her pioneering work in morphing technology, which age enhances the human face, enabling law enforcement officials to locate missing children and adults. Her Human Race Machine, which allows people to view themselves as a different race, was featured on Oprah in 2006. Currently there are Human Race Machines touring the U.S. college and university market, as a diversity tool that provides students with the profound visual experience of being another race.”


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