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Lynn Hershman Leeson

1941, USA


  • TUE - SUN
    23/04 > 25/09
    11 AM - 7 PM

    FRI - SAT UNTIL 25/09
    11 AM - 8 PM

    TUE - SUN
    27/09 > 27/11
    10 AM - 6 PM
  • Arsenale
  • Admission with ticket

Lynn Hershman Leeson’s work spans installation, performance, photography, video, interactive media, and Net Art, engaging with themes of surveillance, privacy, artificial intelligence, the cyborg, and genetic engineering. In her video works, such as a Seduction of a Cyborg (1994) – in which a blind woman agrees to a treatment that allows her to see images via a computer screen – or Teknolust (2002) – the story of a bio-geneticist who creates three cyborg clones from her own DNA – technology is made complex: it is a tool for control, but also as instrument of empowerment. Hershman Leeson’s mirror-printed series Missing Person presents photographic portraits of people who do not exist. Created using AI technologies, Missing Person, Cyborg (2021) captures a lifelike blonde woman placidly staring at the camera. Faint numbers on the corners of her eyes and hidden and on her neck identify the flaws in the AI system, making obvious the constructed character of her naturalistic features. The video Logic Paralyzes the Heart (2021), narrated by a 61-year-old cyborg, opines on the body’s integration with digital and military-based systems of control. In it, individuals are hauntingly transformed into their data – in the age of surveillance, little more than an analogue for who they are. 

Madeline Weisburg

Logic Paralyzes the Heart
Production credits

Written, directed and produced by: Lynn Hershman Leeson
Featuring: Joan Chen as Cyborg 1 and Human Avatar
Director of Photography: Hiro Narita, A.S.C.
Costume Design: Nina Hollein
Original Music: Fabian Vestod e Greendot Studio
Editor and Post Supervisor: Erica Jordan
Compositing and Color Grading: Gary Coates
Sound Design: Dan Olmsted
Co Producers: Laura Wagner
Assistant Producer / Legal Counsel: George M. Rush
Assistant Producers: Emma Scully, George Leeson
Assistant Producer/Hair and Makeup: Marine Bahet
Camera Assistant: Paul Marbury
Gaffer: Eric Blium
Sound: Neil Riha
Set Photographer: Pamela Gentile
Grip: Kevin Ruiz
Teleprompter: Emma Scully, Nathan Andrus Hughes
Extra: January Steward
Archival Research: Noel Barna, Lor O'Connel, Laina Terpstra, Theadora Walsh
Additional Footage Courtesy of: Brit Cruise, KhanAcademy, Shutter Sdtock Pexel, Prelimnger
Tessa Thompson Footage courtesy Shadowstlaker/Hotwire Productions, LLC
Special thanks to: Cecilia Alemani, Natasha Boas, Alexandra Chistova, Kate Crawford Bridget Donahue, Vic Ferrer, Johanna Gosse, Becky Koblick, Marcus Hu, George Leeson, Erin Leland, Ross Nakasone, Trevor Paglen, Marta Papini,Karen Sarkisov, Claudia Altman Siegel, ZKM Center for Art and Media
Shot at Producers Lab, San Francisco
Commissioned by V.A.C.


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