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 Andrea Lelik in Metropolis M

"The first real encounter with technology in my art happened when I was about sixteen years old and I had been doing drawings of women and I wanted to make a copy of a drawing so I put it through a Xerox machine. In those days you ...

Transgressing One(Self) and Many More, an Interview With Lynn Hershman Leeson

By Antje Lechleiter in Badische Zeitung

"Michelangelo’s “Creation of Adam” from the ceiling fresco of the Sistine Chapel is one of the most famous works of art history. The two outstretched, not quite touching forefingers are regarded as a symbol of creative ...

Oh, Beautiful New World

Published in ArtJaws

"Until August 5, 2018, the HeK (House of Electronic Arts Basel) presents Lynn Hershman Leeson’s first solo show in Switzerland, featuring several current works that take on the themes of biological progress, developments in artificial ...

Anti-Bodies, Biological Progress, Scientific Research And Artificial Intelligence At The HeK In Basel

By Daniela Janser in Woz

"At the entrance to the exhibition by Lynn Hershman at the Basle House of Electronic Arts (HeK) we visitors are supposed to put on a white lab coat. “So you can better put yourself in the picture,” explains the friendly woman at the cash ...

The War, Which is in the Flower Bouquet

By Moses Hubbard in Sleek

"Lynn Hershman Leeson takes immersive installation to the next level with a Berlin show centred around a fake, chromosome-hungry scientist."

This Dystopian Art Show Lets You Snoop Around a Strangers Hotel Room in Exchange For Your DNA

By Mathias Balzer in BZ Basel

"Is this art or more a science presentation? Surely it is a good, elaborate and cleverly presented research. And it is not just a scientist, but an artist who shows the material from so many different perspectives and plays it blatantly."

The Grande Dame and The Anti-Body

By Eana Kim for New York University

"One of the most influential media artists of our time, Lynn Hershman Leeson (born 1941, Ohio) has explored the newest technologies including artificial intelligence and their relationships with human over a fifty-year career."

Embodiments of Autonomous Entities: Lynn Hershman Leeson’s Artificially Intelligent Robots, Agent Ruby and DiNA

Published in The Art Newspaper

"Two other works in the show, Lynn Hershman Leeson’s CybeRoberta (1995-96) and Tillie, the Telerobotic Doll (1995-98), are a pair of toys with concealed surveillance cameras that can be controlled by visitors in the gallery or ...

The Dark Web, Surveillance Dolls and Van Gogh’s Zombie Ear: Technology’s Role in Art Debated at Boston Conference

By Alex Jen in Hyperallergic

"And the indifferent reactions to Lynn Hershman Leeson’s surveillance doll “CybeRoberta” (1995–1996), impossible to anticipate when the piece was constructed, are both notably ironic and ominously specific to our time: visitors take ...

How the Nebulous Internet Has Influenced Art Since 1989

By Meritxell Rosell in Clot

"Hershman Leeson began working with concepts around cyborgs as early as 1962 (we could say planting a fertile seed for Donna Haraway’s 1975 essay ‘A Cyborg Manifesto’). In the 1990s, she started working with the themes of artificial ...

LYNN HERSHMAN LEESON & Thomas Huber, Anti-Body or Antibody?

By Karen Archey in Waldburger Wouters

"Maria, the evil, working class, communist cyborg, has long been a key influence for the artist Lynn Hershman Leeson, whose artwork has for decades explored the relationship between the body, both human and non-human, and ...

Karen Archey on Lynn Hershman Leeson

By Arshy Azizi in Topical Cream

"The fictional character first came into existence five years prior when she checked into Dante Hotel in San Francisco. During the following years, Breitmore would be granted her own bank account, credit card, and apartment, and ...

Harvesting Anti-bodies With Lynn Hershman Leeson