Lynn Hershman Leeson, San Francisco

Eureka Fellowship Awardee 2011

Lynn Hershman Leeson is an internationally recognized artist and filmmaker known for her pioneering use of new technologies and investigations of issues key to the workings of our society: identity in a time of consumerism; privacy in an era of surveillance; interfacing of humans and machines; and the relationship between real and virtual worlds.  Her feature films, Strange Culture, Teknolust and Conceiving Ada, have been shown at the Sundance Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival and Berlin International Film Festival, among others, and have won numerous awards. Teknolust received the Alfred P. Sloan Prize for writing and directing.  Her lates film, !Women Art Revolution, premiered at the Toronto Film Festival (2010), and will screen at the Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals before being distributed nationally by Zeitgeist Films.  Lynn’s work is featured in the collections of the Tate Modern in London, ZKM (Zentrum fur Kunst und Medientechnologie), Los Angeles County Museum of Art, National Gallery of Canada and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.  She is the recipient of the d.velop digital art and 2009 SIGGRAPH Lifetime Achievement Awards (2010-2011) as well as a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (2009). Stanford University Libraries acquired her working archive in 2004.  Lynn is Chair of the Film Department at the San Francisco Art Institute and Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Davis.

Self Portrait