The Electronic diaries at Sundance
Lynn Hershman Leeson’s feature film The Electronic Diaries of Lynn Hershman Leeson (2019) will be screening at the New Frontier exhibition at Sundance Film Festival 2020, alongside Room #8, a locked, blue-lit chamber that contains the DNA strand onto which the film is encoded.
For more information visit the New Frontier website.
“In 1984, after teaching herself how to use a video camera, Lynn Hershman Leeson sat down in front of it and began to talk and for 40 years developed a sly, profound and raw confessional mediated expression for an unknown audience that led towards personal evolution and survival.”
Shadow Stalker is a “live” interactive installation that uses algorithms, performance and projections to make visible private Internet systems like Predictive Policing that are increasingly used by law enforcement and promote racial profiling. Shadow Stalker will next be exhibited at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, as part of the Uncanny Valley exhibition, from Feb 22 – Oct 25, 2020.
Feature on Art21
Lynn Hershman Leeson is at once a pointed critic and a sly practical jokester, as she explores the roles that technology, media, and artifice play in society. This episode surveys the artist’s richly varied body of work, from her early performances as the fictional character Roberta Breitmore to the more recent VertiGhost, a work incorporating surveillance video and sculpture that offers a feminist riff on Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo.” Overlooked for the better part of her decades-long career, Leeson is now recognized as a pioneering multidisciplinary artist and critiques the gender biases that excluded her and other women artists.