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.
Lynn Hershman Leeson’s seductive chat bot
For those who enjoy cerebral sci-fi with a strong female lead, Lynn Hershman Leeson reflects on the origins of her web-based project Agent Ruby (1998–2002), an artificially intelligent bot that first appeared in Leeson's feature film Teknolust, starring Tilda Swinton.