Lynn Hershman Leeson


The following is an archive of written works related to Lynn Hershman Leeson’s career, important exhibitions, and Civic Radar, the most comprehensive exhibition and catalogue of her work to date. It also includes a selection of essays that expose the philosophical underpinnings of Hershman Leeson’s work, written by the artist herself. Text from earlier in the artist’s career is being added over time.

By Sibylle Berg and Simone Meier in Watson

"Je verwirrender die Welt scheint, um so stärker wird dem Menschen die Sehnsucht nach einer Ordnung. Nach einer Einordnung. Nach anderen Menschen, die ihm Ideen, Anregung und Halt geben. Die ihm Leuchtturm sein können, ...

Who Runs the World? 148 Women Who You Can Follow as a Role Model

By Tobi Maier in Frieze

"At a warehouse in Berlin-Kreuzberg, commissioned by the KW Institute, the artist explores technology's mediation and manipulation of our identities."

Lynn Hershman Leesons Existential Questions In The First Person Plural

By Chen Lu in Art News Chinese Edition

"As one of the earliest and most influential media artists, Lynn Hershman Leeson has been very busy recently. In the past four months, her solo exhibition “Lynn Hershman Leeson: Anti-Bodies” at the KW Institute for ...

Technology, Humanity, Women: Lynn Hershman Leeson’s Artificial Man and Antibodies Made by Novartis in Her Name

By Britta Helm in Myozine

"For 50 years, the American artist Lynn Hershman Leeson has been addressing questions of technology and identity, creating works that are as disturbing as they are fascinating. She was one of the first to use artificial intelligence and ...

Digital Body

By Redazione in Artribune

"...da vedere la mostra/laboratorio di Lynn Hershman Leeson. Altro che certe robette pseudo-scientifiche datate di vent’anni che si vedono dalle nostre parti."

Basel Top & Flop: 3 Memorable Things and 3 More to Forget

By Sophie Kovel for the KW Institute of Contemporary Art

“'I hope Berlin is all they say it is! A place to hide and to find dreams. I need both!!! I need to be anonymous… But I wonder, can anyone truly be anonymous now?' To hide and to find, to seek anonymity yet ...

Lynn Hershman Leeson: The Novalis Hotel and First Person Plural

By Andrew Russeth in Art News

"On Thursday evening, I was talking to a dealer at Art Basel who, despite being on his third day of sitting in his booth, was feeling positively buoyant about the whole experience. Interesting people had been coming through, there ...

Out of the Fair and Into the City: A Look at Exhibitions Around Basel

By William Kherbek in Berlin Art Link

"Viewing KW Institute for Contemporary Art‘s Lynn Hershman Leeson retrospective, ‘First Person Plural,’ the following question arose: If “the personal is political” is increasingly self-evident as a concept, what about the ...

Lynn Hershman Leeson’s Impersonal Politics

By Tara Wanda Merrigan in Hyperallergic

"'I don’t know anybody else in the art world who has the capability of pushing scientific research in this way,' Leeson observes of her own work."

Lynn Hershman Leeson’s Art Opens the Doors to Mysterious Laboratories

By Louise Darblay in Art Review

"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 ...

Five to See: Basel

By Ben Luke in The Art Newspaper

"I think I’ve always been an artist, since I was maybe two years old; it was the language that I knew, that I could communicate, though not to many people. But my mother was a biologist and my family are all scientists—my daughter ...

Lynn Hershman Leeson: Cool Science

By Emily Watlington in Mousse

"Emily Watlington speaks with three pioneering women media artists who have been working since the 1970s: Ericka Beckman, Dara Birnbaum, and Lynn Hershman Leeson. Though media has changed drastically over the past fifty years, many ...

Women and Media, Then and Now: Ericka Beckman, Dara Birnbaum, Lynn Hershman Leeson in conversation with Emily Watlington