Image above: Seduction, part of the Phantom Limb Series, gsp, c. Lynn Hershman 1986
…and Spike Jonez knew all about it.
Lynn Hershman Leeson has been making art and films about the thin line between the real and the virtual for four decades. She is probably best known for two of her films — Conceiving Ada (I had a small role) (1997) and Teknolust (2002) — both starring Tilda Swinton, which explore emotions, sexuality and technology and the ways in which they converge. Around 1999, while Leeson was working on Teknolust, she contacted Spike Jonez, asked him to be in the film and introduced him to her online A.I. web bot ,“Agent Ruby.”
This interview is a combination of some text we exchanged via email recently with an interview I did with her back around 2005 for my long lost NeoFiles podcast.