• Lynn Hershman Leeson

Lynn Hershman Leeson: Video Art and Social Intervention: The Identities, Avatars, and Algorithms of Lynn Hershman Leeson

In Conversation

  • Claudia Schmuckli is the inaugural Curator-in-Charge of Contemporary Art and Programming at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Since joining in the fall of 2016, she has developed a dynamic program of exhibitions, commissions and acquisitions that dialogue with the institution’s sites, including the 2020 Uncanny Valley: Being Human in the Age of AI, which included the work of Lynn Hershman Leeson.

For over fifty years, Bay Area–based feminist artist Lynn Hershman Leeson has repurposed a range of media—from comic books to photographs to film, from Second Life to artificial intelligence to virtual reality—exploring the dynamics of self-making and self-surveillance. Here she shares some of her most recent work on the politics of algorithmic life, including her recent award-winning installation at the 2022 Venice Biennale.

Over the last five decades, artist and filmmaker Lynn Hershman Leeson has been internationally acclaimed for her art and films. Cited as one of the most influential media artists, Hershman Leeson is widely recognized for her innovative work investigating issues that are now recognized as key to the workings of society: the relationship between humans and technology, identity, surveillance, and the use of media as a tool of empowerment against censorship and political repression. Artwork by Hershman Leeson is featured in the public collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Zentrum fur Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe, Germany; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Tate Modern, London; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; in addition to many celebrated private collections.