Lynn Hershman Leeson

The Agent Ruby Files

Lynn Hershman Leeson

Lynn Hershman Leeson, Agent Ruby, 1999-2002 (screenshot detail); web project (www.agentruby.net); Collection SFMOMA, Gift of bitforms gallery, Paule Anglim Gallery, and the artist; commissioned by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 2008.230 © Lynn Hershman Leeson

Lynn Hershman Leeson

Installation detail of Lynn Hershman Leeson: The Agent Ruby Files, 2013, photo: Johnna Arnold

Lynn Hershman Leeson

Installation detail of Lynn Hershman Leeson: The Agent Ruby Files, 2013, photo: Johnna Arnold

Lynn Hershman Leeson

Installation detail of Lynn Hershman Leeson: The Agent Ruby Files, 2013, photo: Johnna Arnold

Lynn Hershman Leeson

Installation detail of Lynn Hershman Leeson: The Agent Ruby Files, 2013, photo: Johnna Arnold

March 30 - June 02, 2013

SFMOMA commissioned the online project Agent Ruby by acclaimed San Francisco artist Lynn Hershman Leeson in 2001-2002. Since that time Agent Ruby — an artificial intelligence Internet entity — has conversed with online users, which has shaped her memory, knowledge, and moods. The work reflects the artist's long-standing interest in the interaction between fictional or virtual characters and real people or situations. This digital and analog presentation reinterprets dialogues drawn from a decade-long archive of text files and reflects on technologies, recurrent themes, and patterns of audience engagement.