Five to See: Basel
Exhibition Review
Jun 12, 2018
Art Review
Louise Darblay

A pioneer of both feminist and new-media art in the 1960s and 70s, Lynn Hershman Leeson has for decades engaged with issues relating to technology (specifically biotechnology) and the body, and how technological evolutions might shape our concepts of identity and individuality in the future. At Hek (Haus der elektronischen Künste), Hershman Leeson’s new show is conceived as a scientific laboratory that looks at the increasing influence of genetic engineering of human life. Expect to find a reworking of the American artist’s multimedia installation The Infinity Engine (2011) (which includes, among others, a gene lab, a flurry of archival pictures from genetic experiments and genetically-modified glow-in-the-dark goldfish in tanks); interviews with scientists discussing recent techniques and methods of genetic engineering, regenerative medicine and bioprinting; and a new anti-body, named after the artist and developed in collaboration with the pharmaceutical company Novartis. What does it cure? You find out…