Headline November 26 2019/ '' ' DATA SHE MINES : YOURS ' ''


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ALGORITHMS ARE A FORM OF INVISIBLE FASCISM,'' this great genius artist, Ms. Hershman Leeson, asserts.
A pioneer of new media trains her focus on the dark side of technology.

''THE ELECTRONIC DIARIES : 1984 - 2019,'' is an acclaimed video work created over 30 years in  which she shares her personal experience, and reflections with a camera, appearing with evolving hair styles and body language.

''I found my voice through  technology,'' the artist and filmmaker Lynn Hershman Leeson is saying, sitting in an old-world bar here, wearing a long jacket with quotes from French philosophers embroidered on it.

She has lived in the Bay area since the 1960s, spending formative years in Berkeley and participating in the free speech movement. Through technology, she said, she ''found amplification, microphones -and it was an era when women were silenced.''

Ms. Hershamn Leeson planted a stake in cyberspace decades ago with what is considered to be the first interactive video art disc ; an early A.I. bot; and a film [starring longtime collaborator Tilda Swainton] that explores the legacy of Ada Lovelace, a 19th-century mathematician whose writing were foundation of computer science.

At 78, Ms. Hershman Leeson is one of the most experienced citizens of the Internet, but her work largely went under the radar for decades.

One of the pieces that set her free ''The Electronic Diaries, 1984-2019'' is the work, which she calls the archive of her life, is set to go view in expanded, complete, form for the first time at the New York cultural center the Shed from Wednesday through Jan.12. [An earlier view of the ''Diaries'' is also on view in New York in the Museum of Modern Art's newly rehung opening installation].

It is part of a group of exhibition called ''Manual Override,'' which Ms. Hershman Leeson anchors with three works - including her most recent forays into the field of genetic science - alongside a young generation of new media artists, Martine Syms, Simon Fujiwara, Morehshin Allahyari and Sondra Perry.

Ms. Hershaman Leeson is still making work vigorously in her studios in San Francisco and New York, and on a Sunday in August she was shooting the final component of a new commission, ''Shadow Stalker,'' that will also appear at the Shed.

An interactive combination of installation and film, the peace tackles the rise of data-driven surveillance on the Internet. It is based on the algorithm that powers Predpol, the controversial predictive policing system that is deployed in law enforcement across the United States.

The algorithm uses statistical data to predict where future crimes might occur, throwing up red  squares overlaid on maps that direct officers to potential trouble areas.

Racial biases and inaccuracies in the data can lead to problematic predictions and perpetuate flaws in the criminal justice system. [A proliferation of red squares tend to hover over low income neighborhoods.]

''It's such a perverse, pervasive, invisible system that people don't understand,'' said Ms. Hersgman Leeson, cutting a commanding figure in all-black and tinted glasses.

She was sitting across from the actor Tessa Thompson [of HBO's ''Westworld''], who narrates the film component, guiding viewers some of the internet's more pernicious manifestations.

''It's very easy to forget that we're being watched on the internet,'' Ms. Thompson said. ''We're living at a time where there needs to be real literacy in terms of data and technology and our relationship to it.''

Ms. Hershaman Leeson hopes to give visitors to the Shed a chilling sense of their own vulnerability to this kind of data-mining.

When they enter the installation, they'll be asked to enter an email address, setting a simulation of the Predpol algorithm into motion, fetching biographical data - names of friends, loved ones, old addresses - that ultimately spits out a data shadow that appears behind them. 

The Honor and Serving of the latest Global Operational Research on the Internet and its  Manifestations, continues. The World Students Society thanks author Tess Thackara.

With respectful dedication to the Grandparents, Parents, Leaders. Students, Professors and Teachers of the world.

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