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LYNN HERSHMAN LEESON, DiNA
AUGUST 21-29, 2008

Lynn Hershman Leeson, DiNA, The Lab, BelmarLynn Hershman Leeson's DiNA will be exhibited at The Lab at Belmar in conjunction with Dialog:City. Hershman Leeson's DiNA, is a visual projection of an artificial intelligence virtual candidate for president. Using the portrait of famed actress Tilda Swinton, DiNA is charismatic, smart and able to answer any question a visitor might pose to a presidential candidate. DiNA's campaign slogan, "artificial intelligence is better than no intelligence" can be tested by participants who can inquire about her stance on the issues. She is designed with voice recognition software and her "brain" is connected to the internet, enabling her to process her answers immediately and interact in a unique dialogue.

Hershman-Leeson has worked extensively in photography, video, film, installation and pioneered interactive computer based and net-based art. She received her B.S. at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH; and her M.A. at San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA. She has earned numerous international awards including a tribute and retrospective from the San Francisco International Film Festival (1994), the ZKM/Seimens Media Art Award (1995), a Sundance Institute Screenwriting Fellowship (1998), the prestigious Golden Nica Interactive Arts from from Ars Electronica (1999) and the Award for Positive Innovations in Media from the International Digital Media and Arts Association (2005). Hershman-Leeson is Chair of the Film Department at the San Francisco Art Institute and an A.D. White Professor at Large at Cornell University.

Listen to Lynn Hershman Leeson's interview on KCFR's Colorado Matters with host Ryan Warner.
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