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Lynn Hershman Film Screening and Q&A

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 6:00 pm

Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall, The Lang Center 55 West 13th Street, Room I-202, New York, NY 10011

This event will feature a screening of Lynn Hershman Leeson's Conceiving Ada followed by a Q&A with the director. 

In her inspired crossover from video artist to feature writer/ director, Lynn Hershman Leeson grafts past and future into an ingenious high-tech fantasy of time travel. Her subject is the legendary and real-life Lady Ada Lovelace, Lord Byron's daughter, who grew into a math genius and the inventor of THE FIRST computer language . Casting the inimitable Tilda Swinton as Ada, Hershman Leeson creates an aura of magic that plays against modern computer visions as it reconstructs a life dominated by love and SCIENCE. Conceiving Ada concerns the obsession of one contemporary hacker, Emmy, obsessed with inventing a mechanism that will enable her to enter the past and make direct contact with Lovelace, her object of fascination. Emmy is on a rescue mission: to connect with Ada and access her knowledge before her own premature death obliterates the legacy. (Excerpt from B. Ruby Rich, 1998 Sundance Film Festival program)

Lynn Hershman Leeson has been internationally acclaimed for her art and films. Her artwork is featured in the public collections of the Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum, the Zentrum fur Kunst und Medientechnologie (ZKM), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Tate Modern, The National Gallery of Canada, the Walker Art Center and the Museum of Modern Art, in addition to many celebrated private collections. She received the d.velop digital art award (d.daa), in Berlin, for Lifetime Achievement in the field of Media. She has also received a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. A major retrospective and catalogue is scheduled in 2014 at the ZKM Museum in Germany and the Museum der Moderne Museum in Salzburg. Five of her feature films – The Electronic Diary, Conceiving Ada, Teknolust, Strange Culture, and !Women Art Revolution – have been showcased at the Sundance Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival and The Berlin International Film Festival, among others. They have also been awarded many honors, including the Alfred P. Sloan Award for Writing and Directing and the Best Film on Art in 2011. All of her feature films are in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art.

She is currently serving as the 2013-2014 Dorothy H. Hirshon "Director in Residence" in the School of Media Studies at The New School.

Sponsored by The School of Media Studies

Event Type

Film and Media Screenings


General Public


Media and Technology


School of Media Studies, Schools of Public Engagement


Free; no tickets or reservations required; seating is first-come, first-served

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