Lynn Hershman Leeson

15 Sep 2007 – 12 Dec 2007

The Whitworth

Greater Manchester, United Kingdom


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Autonomous Agents: The Art and Films of Lynn Hershman Leeson


Lynn Hershman Leeson's impressive and influential work spans the forms of painting, photography, performance, film and video, robotics and artificial intelligence.

In 1970s San Francisco she created the fictional character of Roberta Breitmore - a young woman who took part in the culture of her time and place, maintaining a small apartment, seeing a psychiatrist, going on blind dates, having a driver's licence and a bank account.

Since this first complex and changing portrait of a single woman in urban America, Hershman Leeson has continued to investigate the idea of self through her work, examining the relationships between the body and machines and the shifting ideas of the real and the virtual.

This exhibition, Hershman Leeson's first UK restrospective, spans four decades of work including her collaboration with British actress Tilda Swinton as Agent Ruby, a web portal and a character in Teknolust (2002).


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