Lynn Hershman Leeson

America’s Finest


Looking through the viewfinder of a weapon associated with US involvement in the Korean, Vietnam, and Gulf wars, the spectator sees video footage of atrocity and war. When the trigger is squeezed, a sensor-controlled camera built into the device takes a snapshot of the viewer, which is then superimposed over the footage. Caught in the crosshairs, the viewer becomes the target of his or her own action and as an aggressor, becomes the victim.

America’s Finest, 1990–1994

America’s Finest, 1990–1994, interactive multimedia installation, gun, video camera, loud speaker, electrics, dimensions of installation variable