The Agent Ruby Files
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.