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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.

Directed by Lynne Hershman Leeson

Saturday, July 31, 1 pm

$12 / $8 Speed members

“Brilliant, the hippest cyber-fi movie ever.”—B. Ruby Rich, Sundance Film Festival

Anxious to use artificially intelligent robots to improve the world, bio-geneticist Rosetta Stone (Tilda Swinton) devises a recipe through which she can download her own DNA into a “live” brew she is growing in her computer. She succeeds in breeding three Self-Replicating Automatons that look human but were bred as intelligent machines. Each of the characters struggle to find meaning in a world where love is the only thing that makes things real.

A selection of the Sundance Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, and the Berlin International Film Festival. 2002, U.S., DCP, 85 minutes.  Recommended for 16+.

See also: Conceiving Ada and Strange Culture

CINEMA+ Followed by a post-screening discussion with director Lynn Hershman Leeson via Skype.