Lynn Hershman Leeson at New York's New Museum

9 July 2021

Lynn Hershman Leeson, Seduction of a Cyborg, 1994
Lynn Hershman Leeson, Seduction of a Cyborg, 1994

Pioneering American artist Lynn Hershman Leeson has recently opened her first solo museum exhibition in New York at the New Museum. For over half a century Hershman Leeson has created an extensive body of work that interrogates technologies relationship with the body. The show features Seduction of a Cyborg (1994) which is also held in the Zabludowicz Collection. The single-channel video documents a woman's desire for technology to heal her ailments, seeing her dragged into a simulated world resulting in her immune system becoming destroyed.

Imagine a world in which there is a blurring between the soul and the chip, a world in which artificially implanted DNA is genetically bred to create an enlightened and self-replicating intelligent machine, which perhaps uses a human body as a vehicle for mobility.” - Lynn Hershman Leeson, 1998

Lynn Hershman Leeson: Twisted at the New Museum until 3 October 2021. Watch the artist in conversation with curator Margot Norton.