Stephanie Dinkins is a transmedia artist who creates platforms for dialog about artificial intelligence (AI) as it intersects race, gender, aging, and our future histories. She is particularly driven to work with communities of color to co-create more inclusive, fair and ethical artificial intelligent ecosystems. Dinkins’ art practice employs lens-based practices, emerging technologies and community engagement to confront questions of bias in AI, consciousness, data sovereignty and social equity. Investigations into the contradictory histories, traditions, knowledge bases and philosophies that form/in-form society at large underpin her thought and art production.
Dinkins earned an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 1997 and is an alumna of the Whitney Independent Studies Program. She exhibits and publicly advocates for inclusive AI internationally at a broad spectrum of community, private and institutional venues – by design. Dinkins is a 2019 Creative Capital Grantee as well as a 2018/19 Soros Equality Fellow, Data and Society Research Institute Fellow and 2018 Sundance New Frontiers Story Lab Fellow. Past residencies include Sundance New Frontiers Story Lab, Eyebeam, Pioneer Works Tech Lab, NEW INC, Blue Mountain Center; The Laundromat Project; Santa Fe Art Institute and Art/Omi.
The New York Times recently featured Dinkins in its pages as an AI influencer. Apple Inc recognized Dinkins’ research and community-centered efforts by featuring her as a local hero in their “Behind the Mac” ad campaign (Brooklyn, NY edition). Wired, Art In America, Artsy, Art21, Hyperallergic, the BBC, Wilson Quarterly and a host of popular podcasts have recently highlighted Dinkins' art and ideas.
Participations & Press
MOMA R&D Artificial Imperfection
Apple takes a look at celebrities ‘Behind the Mac’ using found footage images, The Drum, October 30, 2018
The Case for Giving Robots an Identity, WIRED, October 23.18
Five Artificial Intelligence Insiders in Their Own Words, New York Times, October 19, 2018
How Will the Repeal of Net Neutrality Impact Artists?, Hyperallergic (News), June 11, 2018
Madhvi Ramani, Artificial Intelligence, Wilson Quarterly, Spring 2018
Tess Thackara, Human Biases Are Built into AI-- this Artist Is Helping to Change That, Artsy Visual Culture,
Clemency Burton-Hill, "Sunday Feature, Select, Copy,Paste, Execution." BBC Radio 3 Podcast. January 14, 2018. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09lypqq (accessed Jan. 2018)
Jacquelyn Gleisner, “Robots, Race, and Algorithms: Stephanie Dinkins at Recess Assembly,” ART 21 Magazine Nov / Dec 2017 Issue - “Empathy,” November 7, 2017
Recent Projects & Exhibitions