Conceiving Ada

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The Science of Collaboration: Lynn Hershman Leeson with Tilda Swinton

Ethics, science, history, DNA, gender fluidity, sexual self-determination, and feminism are themes that run throughout three striking collaborations between the artist Lynn Hershman Leeson and the Academy-Award winning actor Tilda Swinton. These three films, presented in new DCP adaptations, highlight a deep investigation of technology and its implications. The series will conclude with Hershman participating in a Skype discussion with the audience.

Hershman, whose new exhibition Twisted opens at the New Museum in New York in late June, has been working for over fifty years on projects that highlight new technologies and their relationship to empowerment. Of particular importance to her are advancements in artificial intelligence, avatars, and DNA.

Programming support provided by Marcus Hu at Strand Releasing and Dave Filipi at the Wexner Center for the Arts.

Conceiving Ada
Directed by Lynn Hershman Leeson

Saturday, July 17, 1 pm

$12 / $8 Speed members

Emmy Coer, a computer genius, devises a method of communicating with the past by tapping into undying information waves. She manages to reach the world of Ada Lovelace, founder of the idea of a computer language and proponent of the possibilities of the “difference engine.”

Ada’s ideas were stifled and unfulfilled because of the reality of life as a woman in the nineteenth century. Emmy has a plan to defeat death and the past using her own DNA as a communicative agent to the past, bringing Ada to the present.

Hershman emphasized the connection of the characters by structuring the visual design around the idea of a double helix affecting the placement actors and camera movements. 1997, U.S., DCP, 85 minutes. Recommended for 16+

See also: Strange Culture and Teknolust