Brooklyn-based artist and educator, Stephanie Dinkins has been named the first winner of the $100,000 LG Guggenheim Award, launched by the five-year LG Guggenheim Art and Technology Initiative, established in 2022 to recognise artists working at the intersection of the two disciplines.
Currently teaching at Stony Brook University, NY, Dinkins often realises her experiments with artificial intelligence in the form of chatbots, virtual and augmented reality, or gallery installations. Her engagement with AI centres on memory, intimacy, poetics and playfulness to train models and their integrated tools, aiming to develop a technological ecosystem attending to social value, cultural sensitivities and care.
‘Through a range of media that includes interactive installations, sculpture, video, and web projects, as well as writing and community workshops, Dinkins steadfastly focuses on family structures, oral histories, and small data,’ the jury stated. ‘By enacting change locally, her works claim, we can envision new technological ecosystems at a global scale.’