Interactivity (1984-1994)

Hershman Leeson is a pioneer of interactive art, having developed site-specific installations and narrative artworks that responded to the presence or the input of viewers. Lorna (1984) was the first artwork to use laserdisc technology, followed by Deep Contact (1984). Both installations invite the viewer to interact with a fictional woman, either by exploring her world through a pre-recorded narrative or touching her body on a touchscreen. Later, Room of One’s Own (1993) would introduce the concept of surveillance in a piece that tracks the viewer’s eye, while America’s Finest (1990-94) put the spectator in the center of his or her own act of aggression.