Lynn Hershman Leeson

Innovative Artist and filmmaker Lynn Hershman Leeson is considered one of the leading pioneers in new media and virtual art today. With a career spanning over three decades, Lynn has explored topics of Communication in the age of modern technology, consumerism, and the relationship between the real and virtual world, human and artificial intelligence, history and its formation of human habits. In 2004, Leeson was named “the most influential woman working in new media.” Her latest documentary film Women, Art, Revolution (2011) premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, and Berlinale International Film Festival. She wrote, directed and produced three feature films entitled Conceiving Ada (2007), Teknolust (2002), and Strange Culture (2007). Tilda Swinton was the main actress in two of the three films.


Her photographic work “Iphone Crack Series” (2012) offers a literal, even satirical, commentary on the breakdown of fast-paced technology in the midst of global communication and a look at the rupturing of the human identity and psyche as it is shaped, dependent upon, and mediated through technology. Other works such as “Contemporary Slavery 1- Sugar” and “Contemporary Slavery 2- Media Consumption” (2012) have also garnered much acclaim. Lynn continues to show her work both in the US and internationally, most notably MoMA New York, Gallery Paul Anglim, Tate Modern, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and an upcoming show at ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe in Germany planned for 2015.


Lynn Hershman Leeson is currently Emeritus Professor at University of California, Davis and A.D. White Professor at Cornell University. She was selected ArtForum Critic’s Choice in January 2013, and her work is featured in the public collections of The Los Angeles County Museum of Modern Art (LACMA), MoMA, William Lehmbruck Museum, the National Gallery of Canada, Walker Art Center, The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester and the University Art Museum Berkeley. She has been honored with grants from Creative Capital, The Theo Westenberger Estate, the National Endowment for the Arts, Nathan Cummings Foundation, and Siemens International Media Arts Award, amongst many others.