Stephanie Dinkins

STEPHANIE DINKINS, Associate Professor
Artificial Intelligence and Socially Engaged Practice in the context of Race, Gender and Future Histories; Digital Media: particularly lens-based and interactive practices; Video; Photography; Installation Art.
Digital Arts Minor Program Director
M.F.A. Maryland Institute College of Art
Stephanie.Dinkins@stonybrook.edu
Office: Staller Center for the Arts #4287

Associate Professor Stephanie Dinkins is a transdisciplinary artist  who creates platforms for dialog about artificial intelligence as it intersects race, gender, and our future histories.  Her art employs lens-based practices, the manipulation of space, and technology to grapple with notions of consciousness, agency, perception, and social equity.  She is particularly driven to work with communities of color to develop AI literacy and co-create more inclusive, equitable artificial intelligence. Dinkins’ artwork is exhibited internationally at a broad spectrum of community, private and institutional venues – by design.   These include International Center of Photography, NY, Bitforms Gallery, NY, Miller Gallery, Carnegie Mellon University, Institute of Contemporary Art Dunaujvaros, Herning Kunstmuseum, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Contemporary Art Museum Houston, Wave Hill, the ‘Studio Museum in Harlem, Spedition Bremen, and the corner of Putnam and Malcolm X Boulevard in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.  Through Project al Khwarizmi (PAK) Dinkins helps local communities conceptually understand what algorithms and artificially intelligent systems are as well as how and where these systems impact their lives.

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 currently a 2018/2019 Soros Equality Fellow, Data & Society Research Institute Fellow and Artist in residence at Nokia Bell Labs.   Past residencies include Sundance New Frontiers Story Lab, 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.

Some recent Participations, Press & Podcasts:

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,

Jacquelyn Gleisner, “Robots, Race, and Algorithms: Stephanie Dinkins at Recess Assembly,” ART 21 Magazine Nov / Dec  2017 Issue – “Empathy,” November 7, 2017

Podcasts

Panelist, “‘Siri, Is Artificial Intelligence Biased?”. Tilted a Lean In Podcast https://leanin.org/podcast-episodes/siri-is-artificial-intelligence-biased, published November 2018

Featured Guest,”All Turtles Podcast Bonus Episode 7: Her.” All Turtles Podcast, www.all-turtles.com/podcast/all-turtles-podcast-bonus-episode-7-her/. first published, August 2018

Featured Guest, 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)