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Artificial Intelligence expert and passionate speaker Ana Matronic is best known as the lone female member of internationally acclaimed rock group Scissor Sisters. Ana is BBC Radio 2’s ‘Queen of Disco’ and currently presents Disco Devotion every Saturday from midnight to 2am. She is also a first class event host, artist, author, activist, musician, DJ and television presenter. Her delivery is impressive and spell binding.
“Ana gives a hypnotic address, a woman of many talents”
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Ana Matronic, born Ana Lynch in Portand Oregan, has been obsessed with all things Sci Fi since she was a child and her love of robotics and AI is what prompted the launch of her speaking career. She considers herself a transhumanist and is deeply interested in the opportunity presented by technology, “ to transform who we are as people.” Ana most recently addressed the audiences at Inspirefest and TEDxStormont on the topic of robotics, AI and their impact on humanity.
Equally at home stalking atop a dirty, dingy bar as she is inciting record-breaking Hyde Park crowds to roar with delight, Ana has honed her reputation as a formidable onstage presence and sharp-witted emcee since cutting her teeth at San Francisco’s legendary drag night Trannyshack in the late 90s. Since her award-winning rise with Scissor Sisters in 2004, Ana has collaborated with such legendary artists as Elton John, New Order, Duran Duran and Mark Ronson, Sean Dixon of the Soup Dragons, Bright Light Bright Light, and RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Sharon Needles. She is currently working on her debut solo record and her first song, Afterlife of The Party was released on 31st October 2017.
In 2010, Matronic became a member of a legendary visual “band”, psychedelic pioneers The Joshua Light Show. Under the tutelage of maestro Joshua White, Matronic carries on the tradition of creating live psychedelic imagery by hand using liquid colors on a custom-built overhead projector. Matronic has developed the art further in collaborative live performances, interpreting sound to vision in improvised immersive experiences for such artists as Lou Reed, Television, Steve Reich, Silver Apples, Medeski Martin & Wood, and Manuel Gottsching.
New Year’s Eve 2014 saw Ana’s debut as a broadcaster with her first show for BBC Radio 2. This has spiralled into a now 17-part series on rare groove disco and her own weekly show called Disco Devotion. She is the deputy for BBC broadcaster Jo Whiley’s weeknight show and has also covered the semi-finals of the Eurovision Song Contest both on radio and television. Ana has made multiple guest appearances on TV as a musician with Scissor Sisters, has hosted an episode of BBC Artsnight and is a frequent guest on British television covering a wide range of topics from popular culture to artificial intelligence to politics and human rights. Ana is also a highly sought after awards show host. She hosted the Attitude Awards in 2015 and in 2017 she has MC'd both the London Tech Week TECHXLR8 Awards and the National Diversity Awards.
An avid science fiction and comic book fan, Ana wrote the story Rock Block for the 2010 tribute comic to legendary punk club CBGB published by BOOM! Comics. Her first full-length book Robot Takeover: 100 Iconic Robots of Myth, Popular Culture, and Real Life was published by Hachette/Octopus in 2015. She also penned an editorial for The Guardian on robotics and how to raise them. Ana is also a founding member of activist organization Witches Against Fascist Totalitarianism (WAFT)
“Ana delivers boundary and mind shattering talks on AI and transhumanism”
“Ana Matronic – fantastic talk on the convergence of humanity, culture, science and tech”
“Beautifully bizarre, this off the wall talk dug deep into what really makes us who we are”