Personae of Interest: Lynn Hershman Leeson and Juliana Huxtable in Conversation
Jul 1, 2016
Juliana Huxtable

“Lynn Hershman Leeson: When I was starting out as an artist, people were just beginning to unwrap their identities, just beginning to reclaim their histories. Since then, it seems to have gone from an unwrapping to an unraveling. I think there’s a different urgency now, as well as new possibilities for incorporating mutations and transgressions that weren’t technologically possible earlier. And your generation was born in the midst of this flux.

Juliana Huxtable: Yes—I was in college right at the moment when the celebration of the posthuman was at its height. At the time, I felt we were naively unaware of the conditions of the technology. There was a moment when it became so obvious that we had given up a lot in exchange for these new online spaces—that there were serious privacy questions, for example, and a real danger of oligarchic control of the Internet. Today we’re still grappling with those issues, and with a perceived failure of participatory politics, at least in America, while identities, or ideas about identity, are unraveling in this radical way…”