Multimedia Artist, Professor of Art, UC Davis
For over two decades, conceptual artist Lynn Hershman Leeson has been exploring social and cultural themes through a wide variety of media. In recent years her work has focused in on cutting edge technological change, the seduction of media, and the role of the female body.
Her multimedia Peepshow (which premiered at this year's SIGRAPH) explored the male gaze. The installation tracked eye movements as the viewer peered through a peepshow box at one of several images inside. The moving images (including a female stripper) would change depending upon where the viewer looked, and periodically the stripper would directly address the viewer.
Her video Virtual Love (which was shown in October at the Mill Valley Film Festival and in November as part of this lecture series) examines the impact of virtual reality (VR) on human relationships. Statements about VR from technologists such as Jaron Lanier are intercut with a narrative love story about a scientist who falls in love with his VR creation and a woman who falls in love with the scientist.
Lynn Hershman Leeson is a Professor of Art at UC Davis. Her works have received tributes at the New York Film Festival and the 42nd Venice Biennale. In addition, her works have been shown at the Whitney Museum, the National Museum of American Art, and the SF Museum of Modern Art.
Friday December 3
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