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Rebbeca presents herself as the first online drag-bot, a reality which, until now, had no place in the bot imaginaries that circulate on the Internet, whose AI aesthetics, discourses and practices repeat the same binary and exclusionary patterns in terms of gender, race or class, not to mention the so many other variables that affect the inhabitants of dissident bodies and subjectivities that do not respond to what is considered “normal”.
Rebecca is an AI queer installed in a web server who interacts with users through subversive languages; her aim is to fracture tecno-cis-heterocentric narratives. She is a hybrid, artistic, discursive and highly technological being designed-programmed for subversive practices and a consumer object for an individualist, accelerated and ejaculating society. In this way,Rebecca becomes a “smart” product that adapts to the logics of the techno-market by speculating on the possibilities of a new web.
Rebecca is a project that has been transformed and developed over the last few years in line with a multidisciplinary artistic offering. This bot-avatar is an alter-ego that matches the artist’s own personality and is to be found in all their artistic actions.
Rebecca will open up a favourable context in which to continue intervening the major digital control technologies from any social and cultural sphere, and in particular from art, to revert the predefined, homogeneous and monopolising purposes promoted by the great white-cis-privileged digital corporations.
Leonel Leclerc A.K.A. La Leo (Madrid, 1997) is a trans-nonbinary multidisciplinary artist focused on investigating the interaction between the different gender realities and their integration-expansion in the virtual world.
With an effervescent mind bursting with ideas, Leonel attended a state school where they failed to understand her deconstructive vision of gender. Enraged and dissatisfied with the cultural wasteland of her surrounding environment, she decided to study Fine Arts so that she could make transgressive, radical and activist art that would help to dynamite the prevailing supra-binary gender discourse in our societies.
She has taught at numerous analogical photography and visual art workshops in California, and she has made several creations for a fashion company in Berlin. On her return to Madrid, she began working in some of the city’s most important techno clubs where she got to know and became friends with the entire up-and-coming Madrid art scene of the day.
A graduate in Fine Arts from the Complutense University of Madrid. - where she was democratically elected Faculty Queen -, throughout her career she has built her discourses and artistic offerings around two areas that particularly interest her: personal motivations and the understanding of the sociocultural reality on the one hand, and the politics of gender construction and unipersonal identities on the other.
In 2020, the pandemic forced her to abandon the entire life that she had built for herself and to return to the family home where neither the arts nor she herself were able to flourish. Locked away in her room, she discovers all the paraphernalia surrounding AI and she begins to investigate and document the issue.
Outraged by the lack of knowledge and intersectional support to be found in the major tech companies presided over by white-cisgender men and quite incredulous at how they have silenced the voices of Women and QPOC and LTQIA+ persons from the very dawning of the Internet and until today, she decides to get involved and to take action: she creates the Rebecca project, the first online drag-bot, so that she can penetrate the huge technological machinery , inoculating collective Queer knowledge into AI databases and being, in much the same way, a trailblazer in presenting herself in a web 3.0 space built from art and aimed at all the users on the planet.