Lynn Hershman Leeson

Lynn Hershman Leeson (b. in 1941 in Cleveland, Ohio) is an award-winning American artist and filmmaker. She was Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Davis, and an A.D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University. She is Chair of the Film Department at the San Francisco Art Institute, and has received wide recognition for a body of work combining art with social commentary, particularly regarding the relationship between humans and technology. Leeson's work has as its themes: identity in a time of consumerism, privacy in an era of surveillance, interfacing of humans and machines, and the relationship between real and virtual worlds. Her work grew out of an installation art and performance tradition. She explored interactivity with her video work. LORNA was an early project of Leeson. The first interactive laser artdisk, LORNA tells the story of an Agoraphobic woman. Viewers have the option of directing her life into several possible plots and endings. LORNA never left her one room apartment. According to Leeson, the objects in her room were very much like those in The Dante Hotel. Except that there was a television set.

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