Lynn Hershman Leeson Schedule of Events-01


Each day of her residency, acclaimed artist and filmmaker Lynn Hershman Leeson will work with students, introduce her feature films, and give talks on her work. The week will end with an ATEC Celebration honoring Artist-in-Residence Hershman Leeson, Leonardo Pioneer Award winners, and celebrating Leonardo’s 50th Anniversary.

Over the last four decades, Hershman Leeson has been internationally acclaimed for her art and films. One of the most influential media artists, Hershman Leeson is widely recognized for her innovative work investigating issues that are now recognized as key to the workings of society: the relationship between humans and technology, identity, surveillance, and the use of media as a tool of empowerment against censorship and political repression. Over the last forty years she has made pioneering contributions to the fields of photography, video, film, performance, installation and interactive as well as net-based media art. Read more

All events are open to the public.

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Master of Arts (MA)


Feminist Engagement with Emerging Technology

3 – 5 PM  |  Stitch n’ Glitch
ATEC Lobby

“Literally, a glitch is a spike or change in voltage in an electrical circuit which takes place when the circuit suddenly has a new load put on it.” -John Glenn, Into Orbit

In honor of Ada Lovelace Day 2018, Fashioning Circuits, Studio for Mediating Play, SP&CE Media, and the Feminist MakerSpace will conduct a “Stitch n’ Glitch.” This performative embroidery event moves between the kitchen table and the studio, inviting participants to contribute stitches to a monstrous embroidery project that reflects on the ways in which feminist media artists glitch dominant systems.

5:30 – 7:30 PM  |  Film Screening: Conceiving Ada
SSA Auditorium (Doors open at 5 PM)

“Lynn Hershman Leeson as an Artist Working with Emerging Technology,” Introduction by ATEC Dean Anne Balsamo


Reality Hacking

4:30 – 5:30 PM  |  Reality Hacking Roundtable
ATC 1.705 (PIRL)

Participants: Public Interactives Research Lab (PIRL), Future Immersive Virtual Environments (FIVE) Lab, CultSciLab

Lynn Hershman Leeson knows how to hack reality. From the real world avatar Roberta Breitmore (1970s) to the proto-AI agents Ruby (2002) and DiNA (2004) and the self-replicating automatons of Teknolust (2003), Hershman Leeson’s art shifts the boundaries of thought separating the invented and the actual. Drawing on her works, representatives of PIRL, FIVE Lab, and CultSciLab will facilitate a discussion about how technologies intervene in the world and how those who collaborate to design them can do so more responsibly and powerfully.

6:30 – 8:15 PM  |  Film Screening: Strange Culture
SSA Auditorium (Doors open at 6 PM)

Join us for a screening of Lynn Hershman Leeson’s imaginative docudrama Strange Culture, starring Academy Award-winning actress Tilda Swinton. This screening will include an introduction by ATEC Dean Anne Balsamo.


Art Pushes Science

3:00 – 5:00 PM  |  Panel Discussion: Art Pushes Science
ATC 3.209 (ArtSciLab)

The ArtSciLab works on projects that cannot be done unless artists and scientists collaborate. This panel will bring together a number of UTD scientists who are collaborating with artists to understand their perspectives and see if art and design can help redesign science itself.

5:30 – 6:30 PM  |  Genomic Art/Science
SSA Auditorium (Doors open at 5 PM)

“A Conversation About Genomic Art: Lynn Hershman Leeson and Charissa Terranova,” Moderated by ATEC Dean Anne Balsamo

7:00 – 8:15 PM  |  Film Screening: Teknolust
SSA Auditorium (Doors open at 6:30 PM)

Introduction by ATEC Dean Anne Balsamo


Art Pushes Technology

6:00 – 7:30 PM  |  Lynn Hershman Leeson: A Presentation of Agent Ruby and DiNA
ATEC Lecture Hall (Doors open at 5:30 PM)

Lynn Hershman Leeson in Conversation with Paul Fishwick

Moderated by ATEC Dean Anne Balsamo

Agent Ruby ​(1998-2002) and ​DiNA ​(2004) each feature a different representation of an autonomous being, from an aurally animated object to two artificially intelligent web agents, which simulates an actual conversation between the audience and an artwork itself. The simulated interactions are prompted by the audience’s approach and reaction to the work, and the artist intended to reveal underlying inter-subjective embodiment through their conversation, by endowing them with their own identity, personality, which make them look autonomous enough.


ATEC Celebration: Honoring Artist-in-Residence Lynn Hershman Leeson, Leonardo Pioneer Award Winners, and Celebrating Leonardo’s 50th Anniversary

1:30 – 2:30 PM  |  Algorithms in Art: A Lecture Show, Artist Magda Stanová
ATC 3.101

“It’s not difficult to create something that will look like art; you just need to imitate an already existing genre or style. The challenge is to create something that will be able to trigger an art experience.”

Magda Stanová studies where, in a spectrum of different kinds of experiences (jokes, magic tricks, pleasure from solving a mathematical or scientific problem), there are thrills triggered by art. All of these experiences are contingent upon a sufficient amount of novelty.

3:00 – 5:00 PM  |  Artist Talk: Lynn Hershman Leeson
ATEC Lecture Hall (Doors open at 2:30 PM)

7:00 PM  |  ATEC Celebration

ATEC Lobby

ATEC Lobby Steps and Media Wall

• Special Recognition Award
Leonardo Pioneer Awards Ceremony
Leonardo’s 50th Anniversary Celebration

Featuring performances and installations by:

3D Studio (ATC 1.910) – Leonardo Then and Now. The history of Leonardo, as encapsulated through its covers, activates the interior of the 3D Studio. The space will be transformed into an immersive environment using light, color, and movement.

Anechoic Chamber (ATC 3.809) – Professor Dean Terry and students present ongoing work with AI and Alexa devices in a performance from The Alexa Dialogues.

Animation & Games Demo (1st and 3rd Floors) – Animation faculty and students present their creative research and student work. Working with collaborators, faculty apply animation as a communication and educational tool to help spread the reach and impact of traditional research. Partners include The BrainHealth Center, The Callier Center, the University of Kentucky Medical School, Latin American historians, and more. Students are exposed to true studio environments through which the development of short films, theory, and processes are explored.

Animation & Games Showcase Space (2nd Floor)

ArtSciLab Leonardo Slam (ATC 1.305) – Leonardo 50th Anniversary Celebrations have occurred on all continents. In Colombia, they wrote a Leonardo Manifesto. At Ars Electronica, a weird Leonardo Slam took place. UT Dallas participants are invited to join our mystery slammers and do something strange.

Critical Media Studies Showcase Space (1st Floor)

Design & Production Showcase Space (2nd Floor)

Fashioning Circuits, Studio for Mediating Play, SP&CE Media, and the Feminist MakerSpace (ATEC Lobby) The Kitchen Table. Commune at our kitchen table as we put the finishing touches on the tapestry from Monday’s Stitch n’ Glitch event.

LabSynthE (ATEC Lobby) – One Breath Poem, Telephone EditionOne Breath Poem is a participatory art and technology project that synthesizes poetry, sound, and performance. We invite visitors to breathe into our tin can telephone to emancipate the sound of John Cage’s silent pauses during a recording made in Dallas. LabSynthE highlights how a universal performative unit of life (breath) is a mechanism for contemplative listening. Purposeful breathing initiates a multi-modal sound sculpture.

Public Interactives Research Lab (ATC 1.705) – Working with materials gathered from Lynn Hershman Leeson’s art, particularly the films screened during the week, PIRL hosts an interactive media environment, comprised of immersive video walls, an ambient soundscape, and a telephonic installation.

Live Music Performance (ATEC Lobby) – DJ Kane