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Join us for a presentation of Agent Ruby and DiNA by acclaimed artist and filmmaker Lynn Hershman Leeson. After her presentation, Hershman Leeson will sit down for a conversation with ATEC Professor Paul Fishwick. This talk will be moderated by ATEC Dean Anne Balsamo.

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.

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.

Each day of her residency, Lynn Hershman Leeson will work with students, introduce her feature films, and give talks on her work. View full schedule of events at atec.utdallas.edu/artist-in-residence.

All screenings and events are free and open to the public.