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Lynn Hershman Leeson

American, b. 1941
Lynn Hershman Leeson, born in Cleveland (USA), in 1941, gained her M. A. on art criticism from San Francisco State University. She currently lives and works in San Francisco and New York, and is among the pioneers of interactive media art. She has worked with a range of different media throughout her entire creative career: photography, video, electronic environments, software and Net Art, such as "Agent Ruby" (1999–2002), as well as in film and performances. Over the decades, the artist and filmmaker has continued to acquire the most recent technologies, examine and question such concepts as identity in discourses on present-day consumerism, privacy in the age of surveillance, man-machine interfaces and the relationship between real and virtual worlds. In addition to works which have meanwhile become classics, such as the radical construction of the fictive figure Roberta Breitmore (1970–1979), the interactive environment Lorna (1979–1984), which comprise part of the ZKM Collection, or A Room of One's Own (1990–1993), all of which constitute milestones in recent art history. She has also produced filmic works, including the science fiction film Teknolust (2002) with Tilda Swinton in the leading role.

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