Three by Lynn Hershman Leeson

Three by Lynn Hershman Leeson

4 Episodes

These strikingly prescient musings on technology, identity, and surveillance from innovative artist-filmmaker Lynn Hershman Leeson—whose work is also the subject of a major career survey this year at the New Museum in New York—toy cannily with the boundaries between the real and the virtual. All starring the inimitable Tilda Swinton—who plays, variously, nineteenth-century mathematics genius Ada Lovelace (CONCEIVING ADA), a scientist and her three identical “Self-Replicating Automatons” (TEKNOLUST), and the wife of artist and wrongfully accused “bioterrorist” Steve Kurtz (STRANGE CULTURE)—these genre-defying works offer a boldly feminist, philosophically adventurous perspective on the brave new technological and political landscape that took shape at the turn of the twenty-first century.

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Three by Lynn Hershman Leeson
  • Introducing Lynn Hershman Leeson

    Episode 1

  • Conceiving Ada

    Episode 2

    Directed by Lynn Hershman Leeson • 1997 • United States
    Starring Tilda Swinton, Timothy Leary, Karen Black

    The first of Lynn Hershman Leeson’s philosophically adventurous, genre-defying collaborations with star Tilda Swinton casts the actor as Ada Lovelace, the radically ahead-of-her-time ninete...

  • Teknolust

    Episode 3

    Directed by Lynn Hershman Leeson • 2002 • United States
    Starring Tilda Swinton, Jeremy Davies, James Urbaniak

    Tilda Swinton plays four roles in Lynn Hershman Leeson’s feminist sci-fi brain-bender about Rosetta Stone and her three Self-Replicating Automatons, (SRAs), which she cloned from her own...

  • Strange Culture

    Episode 4

    Directed by Lynn Hershman Leeson • 2007 • United States
    Starring Tilda Swinton, Thomas Jay Ryan, Peter Coyote

    This boundary-pushing documentary examines the Kafkaesque case of Steve Kurtz, an artist whose work deals with genetically modified food. When Kurtz’s wife Hope died of heart failure in ...