Lynn Hershman Leeson

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Lynn Hershman Leeson is an artist who works with many media, including photography and installations. A consistent theme in her work is how people engage media-derived fantasies. In 1989, her feature length video, "Longshot," won the Grand Prize at the Montbelliard Festival in France, and the Montreal Video Festival. Another work, Seeing Is Believing, won the First Prize in 1991 at Vigo, Spain. Her ongoing electronic diary, First Person Plural, has won numerous awards worldwide and screened most recently at the 1996 Berlin Film Festival. In 1995, she was the first woman to receive both a Tribute and a Retrospective at the San Francisco International Film Festival. In 1994, she was awarded (with director Peter Greenaway and theorist Jean Baudrillard) the prestigious Siemens Media Prize by the ZKM, which cited her as being the "most influential woman working in new media." Lynn Hershman Leeson is a Professor in the Program in Technocultural Studies at the University of California, Davis, and is the author of Clicking In, Hotlinks to a Digital Culture, published by Bay Press. She has had over 200 exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the world. In the late 1970s she pioneered the use of interactive artworks with her innovative art disk Lorna. Her artwork is included in such collections as The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Seattle Art Museum, The D.G. Bank, Frankfurt, The Hess Collection, and the Walker Art Center. She has had retrospectives at The National Gallery of Canada and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Warsaw.