In the feature film Teknolust Lynn Hershman Leeson addresses themes such as identity, gender construction, sexual self-determination and the permeability of virtual reality.
The plot revolves around scientist Rosetta Stone (played by Tilda Swinton), who illegally creates three clones of herself that differ only by the color of their clothing: Ruby wears red, Olive green and Marine dresses only in blue.
I’ve always been intrigued with virtual people, virtual consciousness, the affect of media on personal empowerment, image capture through surveillance systems and how the lack of privacy and invasion of images shifts our identity and even who we think we are. Because these are the landscape we live in daily, and this is what shapes perceptions, options and even freedom.In this offbeat sci-fi-drama, Rosetta Stone (Tilda Swinton) is a scientist specializing in biogenetics who has made a major breakthrough in artificial biological engineering.Rosetta has created a type of Self-Replicating Automaton, which looks like a human being, but is in fact part machine and part living organism.RUS: Virtual characters have been an ongoing theme for you for decades.Tell us about Roberta Breitman, your character from the early 1970s.
LHL: Roberta Breitman was just your average simulated person.