Lynn Hershman Leeson on her work for the Venice Biennale, as told to Canada Choate, Artforum [4/2022]Marilena Pateraki
Lynn Hershman Leeson, Logic Paralyzes the Heart, 2022, 4K video, 13 minutes 53 seconds. Joan Chen (Cyborg 1) dressed by Nina Hollein.
THE TERM CYBORG turned sixty in 2020. I realized this just last year, so my project, Logic Paralyzes the Heart, is about a sixty-one-year-old cyborg, played by the actress and filmmaker Joan Chen, who is reconsidering the trajectory of her life. She was made by NASA, and since her birth robotic devices have populated the world. The difference is that new technologies of surveillance are directed not at an enemy out there but at people in our own country. The cyborg goes on a retreat, which inspires her to meet her human avatar and explain what she’s discovered. She wants to find ways she can be more human. The film will be installed in a room wallpapered with hundreds of AI-generated faces of people who don’t exist.
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