Opening: Lynn Hershman Leeson @ Offlocation_theshelf, Berlin [18. Mai]

Opening: Lynn Hershman Leeson

19:00 - 22:00

Prinzenstrasse 34, 89-90, 10969 Berlin
Lynn Hershman Leeson: First Person Plural
at The Shelf, Prinzenstraße 32, 10969 Berlin-Kreuzberg
Lynn Hershman Leeson: The Novalis Hotel
at Hotel Novalis, Novalisstraße 5, 10115 Berlin-Mitte

>>> both opening on May 18th, 7 pm at the locations listed above!

Lynn Hershman Leeson: First Person Plural
Located in a large abandoned warehouse in the middle of Berlin-Kreuzberg, KW Institute for Contemporary Art presents the exhibition First Person Plural by American artist Lynn Hershman Leeson (born 1941, Cleveland, US), which brings together selected video works from the 1970s-90s as well as the installation Lorna (1979-83).

The focus of the exhibition lies on Hershman Leeson’s continuous engagement with identity, gender construction, sexual self-determination, and her progression of these ideas in close exchange with advances in technology, and science. The work challenges our relationship to reality and the possibilities that virtual reality, artificial intelligence as well as genetics are made accessible as a strategy of resistance. By doing so, she defies the limitation of censorship and elimination of the individual voice while also recognizing the dangers inherent in the question, who controls these new technologies.

The title of the show is pulled from Lynn Hershman Leeson’s film First Person Plural, the Electronic Diaries of Lynn Hershman (1984-96) that sits at the center of the exhibition. In the form of a video confessional amassed over 12 years, the film records Hershman Leeeson’s struggle, transformation, and transcendence as her personal story unfolds before the camera and sees the mirroring effects of when the personal becomes political, becomes cultural.

— Lynn Hershman Leeson: The Novalis Hotel
On the occasion of her solo exhibition First Person Plural in summer 2018 at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, American artist Lynn Hershman Leeson (born 1941, Cleveland, US) revisits her iconic installation The Dante Hotel in the form of a new commission entitled The Novalis Hotel.

The Dante Hotel (1972–73) was one of her early site-specific works that marked the beginning of her work around the character Roberta Breitmore. The artist developed this alter ego over many years in private and public performances, ultimately leading her to produce her visionary works that investigate the relationships between humans and technology, identity and surveillance.

Identity is no longer a body shaped by societal conventions, but it is a generative reproduction that is both disembodied and directly tied to our genetic material and the entities that control its surveillance. For The Novalis Hotel, the artist presents an inverted version of The Dante Hotel. Hershman Leeson allows the visitors not only a glimpse into the life of the enigmatic women that is staying at the hotel but also the traces left behind by the visiting audience will undergo forensic analysis while its results will be presented in a conversation between Lynn Hershman Leeson and the forensic scientist Lutz Roewer on the last day of the installation (June 17, 2018).

Lynn Hershman Leeson: The Novalis Hotel
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