Lynn Hershman Leeson is an artist and filmmaker acclaimed for the pioneering use of new technologies through which she addresses issues such as trauma, identity, and the relationship between the real and the virtual. Her work in media-based technology pioneered digital art forms. She also made some of the earliest works that used artificial intelligence, biological computing, and DNA manipulation. As a film director she wrote, directed and produced Strange Culture, Conceiving Ada, and Teknolust, all starring Tilda Swinton, which screened at the Sundance, Toronto and Berlin festivals; and a 2011 groundbreaking documentary !Women Art Revolution. Leeson’s 2014 retrospective organized at the ZKM Karlsruhe traveled to Yerba Buena Center, San Francisco, 2017; other retrospectives include Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, UK, 2007; and Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, 2005. Her works are in the collections of MoMA, Whitney Museum, ZKM, LACMA, National Gallery of Art of Canada, Walker Art Center, Berkeley Museum of Art, and SFMoMA.
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