A classic of narrative interactivity. Viewers decide about the fate of a heroine addicted to television and her own phobias.


Lynn Hershman Leeson



The article on “Lorna” by Lynn Hershman Leeson explores the piece’s pioneering use of technology (e.g. Video Laser Disc) and reception strategies both in the artist’s work and the history of media art. It discusses the piece’s references and contexts related to its interactive and narrative structures, feminist investment, and social and political potential of enabling the audience to choose the content they want to watch. The article stresses that Hershman’s perennial themes of relations between humans and media, entanglement in new dependences and diversification of “power” centres are highly relevant today.