Hershman : Paik
On the left:
Born in 1941, Cleveland, Ohio
Lives in San Francisco
Call Me, from the series, “Phantom Limb,” 1988
Gelatin silver print
Courtesy of the artist, Bitforms, New York, and Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco
Call Me and TV Legs are from Lynn Hershman’s “Phantom Limb” series, where she proposes media devices as cyborg growths that “inhabit” us even if they are not really there. The idea around these phantom limbs is not unrelated to Nam June Paik’s 20th Century Man, located around the corner, in which the anthropomorphic human form is constructed from media devices.