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Craving the Y Chromosome: Teknolust

Sunday, Jan 29, 2017

With Lynn Hershman Leeson and Stuart Firestein in person

Teknolust. Dir. Lynn Hershman Leeson. 2002, 85 mins. Digital projection. With Tilda Swinton, Jeremy Davies, James Urbaniak, Karen Black. A bio-geneticist named Rosetta Stone (Tilda Swinton) finds a way to download her DNA onto a computer and replicate it, thereby creating three androids (also played by Swinton). Needing periodic injections of the Y chromosome to survive, the androids venture into the real world to seduce men. As the androids grow close to other people, they begin to question what it means to be human. The screening will be followed by a discussion between the filmmaker and Stuart Firestein, Chair of Biological Sciences, Columbia University.

This event is sold out.

Tickets: $15 (free for members at the Film Lover level and MoMI Kids Premium levels and above). 

About the speakers:

Lynn Hershman Leeson is a filmmaker and multimedia artist whose work has been in over 200 large-scale exhibitions around the world and film festivals including Sundance, Toronto, and Berlin. Her artwork is currently on view in the exhibition Dreamlands at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Leeson is represented by Bridget Donahue in New York, which will present a solo exhibition of her work from January 27–March 26, 2017.

Dr. Stuart Firestein is the Chair of Biological Sciences at Columbia University. He runs a laboratory to study the vertebrate olfactory system and neurons that modulate the sense of smell. Dr. Firestein is the author of two acclaimed books, Ignorance: How It Drives Science and Failure: Why Science Is So Successful. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.