Lauren Levitt is a Los Angeles based performance and video artist. Her work explores themes of gender and sexuality, frequently in relationship to popular culture. She is also pursuing a PhD in Communication at USC Annenberg, where she studies the intersection between culture and radical politics.
Since Fritz Lang’s “Metropolis” in 1927, the fembot has been a staple of popular culture. Female androids have appeared in numerous films and television series such as “My Living Doll” in the 1960’s and “Blade Runner” and “Cherry 2000” in the 1980’s. In 1984, Donna Haraway published “The Cyborg Manifesto”, in which she suggests the cyborg as a metaphor for women in order to critique essentialist notions of gender. Recently, a number of films and television series such as “Her”, “Ex Machina”, and “Westworld” have explored the consciousness, sexuality, and agency of female robots.
Lauren is performing from 8:00 – 9:00 + 10:00 – 11:00 at FUTRA presents SUPER FUTURE. Visitors are invited to interact and issue commands to a fembot through a digital interface.