The Electronic diaries
“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.”
Lynn Hershman Leeson’s feature film The Electronic Diaries of Lynn Hershman Leeson (2019) was this year officially selected by Sundance Film Festival to be part of the New Frontier exhibition. Prior to that it was on show at the Manual Override exhibition at The Shed, from late 2019 to early 2020.
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.
Current Exhibitions and Screenings
Uncanny valley: being human in the age of AI
de Young Museum
San Francisco, California
February 22 – October 25, 2020
THE QUESTION OF INTELLIGENCE – AI AND THE FUTURE OF HUMANITY
Parsons School of Design, The New School
New York, New York
February 7 – April 8, 2020
D3US EX M4CH1NA – ART AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
LABoral | Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial Gijón, Spain
November 22 2019 – May 16, 2020
Writing the History of the Future
ZKM | Center for Art and Media
Ongoing from February 2019