Lynn Hershman Leeson has worked in photography, video, installation, interactive, and net-based works. Her 53 videotapes and seven interactive installations have garnered many international awards, including First Prize (Vigo, Spain) and First Prize Crystal Trophy (Montbelliard, France). She was the first woman to receive a tribute and retrospective at the San Francisco International Film Festival (1994) and was awarded the ZKM/Seimens Media Arts Award. In 1998 she was a Sundance Screenwriter Fellow and was also honored with the Flintridge Foundation Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Visual Arts. In 1999 she received the Independent Spirit Award, and the prestigious Golden Nica Prix Ars Electronica.
Lynn Hershman Leeson‘s first feature film, Conceiving Ada (1998), starring Tilda Swinton, was shown at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, the Berlin International Film Festival, and 35 other festivals worldwide. Her film, Teknolust (2002), starring Tilda Swinton and Jeremy Davies, premiered in the American Showcase section of the Sundance Film Festival.
Lynn Hershman Leeson's work is in numerous collections, including the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the National Gallery of Canada, DG Bank Frankfurt, the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), the William Lehmbruch Museum (Duisburg), the ZKM Mediammuseum (Karlsruhe), the University Art Museum (Berkeley), and the Hess Collection. She completed a new permanent public computer-based installation for Charles Schwab.
Among her works in print is Clicking In: Hotlinks to a Digital Culture (Bay Press, 1996). A monograph of her work was published by the University of California Press, Berkeley, in 2002.