An article in the New York Times describes the latest project by Lynn Hershman Leeson called DiNA whose conversational demeanor sounds similar to the Dolphin Oracle II in the new Walker but with a much different technological implementation. DiNA has voice recognition software that allows her to hear questions spoken to her then formulate a response and talk back. I’m sure that was a real challenge to get working, DiNA will be shown at the Bitforms Gallery in New York from December 10th to January 14th.
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Steve Dietz the former New Media Curator at the Walker was quoted twice in the article.
Steve Dietz, who showed her work at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis when he was curator of new media there, said: “Like most great artists, Lynn is amazingly tenacious. Anyone can have a sci-fi imagination and daydream about what is possible, but not everyone has the doggedness and determination to make it happen.”
“Lynn should be much better known than she is,” Mr. Dietz said. “Part of the problem is that she started in the 70’s, when so many women artists were fighting an uphill battle for recognition. And since then she’s been working with technology, which has more support from museums in Europe than the U.S.” He pointed out that her biggest awards have come from Germany.