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Cyberfeminism on Film: Conceiving Ada (15*) + Intro by So Mayer

Part of New Suns

Tilda Swinton in Conceiving Ada

In celebration of Ada Lovelace Day, we present this playful drama, in which pioneering computer engineer Ada (played by Tilda Swinton) comes to digital life across the centuries.

AI wizz Emmy (Francesca Faridany) creates a programme that can bring historical figures to life through photography; when she connects with Lady Ada Lovelace across the centuries, the two women find much that connect them. Everything from their thoughts on love, sex and the pressure to reproduce, to the suppression of women in science and technology and their overbearing mothers – both roles played wonderfully by cult actress Karen Black. Longing for Ada’s company, Emmy begins to develop a way of bringing Ada across the centuries – but could it work?

The first ever film to use ‘virtual set, Lynn Hershman Leeson’s fantasia is full of feminist technological ideas, innovative visual technique and a compelling, female-centred story.

US 1997 Dir Lynn Hershman Leeson 85 min 

*Locally classified

Barbican Cinema 2