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Frankenstein Reanimated explores the monstrous products of our ‘advanced’ technological moment through the lens of contemporary art practice. Join co-editor, Marc Garrett for an introduction to the book. This will be followed by a series of provocations from contributing and featured artists Mary Flanagan and Anna Dumitriu, with an audience Q+A moderated by Ruth Catlow.
This collection shines a light on artists as critically engaged citizens providing a kaleidoscopic view on our unevenly distributed future. These are the Frankensteins we need!Felix Stalder, Zurich University of the Arts
About Frankenstein Reanimated
Mary Shelley’s classic gothic horror and science fiction novel Frankenstein has inspired millions since it was published in 1818. Today, we are witness to many different horrors and phantoms of our own creation. Chronic wealth and health inequalities, climate change, democratic collapse, and the spectre of nuclear apocalypse are among the diffuse, monstrous products of our “advanced” technological moment.
Frankenstein Reanimated: Creation & Technology in the 21st Century, edited by Marc Garrett and Yiannis Colakides, retraces and contextualises three international art exhibitions exploring themes within Frankenstein, and speculates on what Mary Shelley would think about the world today. The book offers a lens through which to look at our current situation, and how art practices shape, and are shaped by, contemporary society.
Frankenstein Reanimated presents a dynamic collection of artworks, essays, and conversations, addressing surveillance, biohacking, viruses, colonialism, digital culture, and more leading thinkers, artists and technologists, including: Alexia Achilleos, Zach Blas, Frances A. Chiu, Ami Clarke, Régine Debatty, Mary Flanagan, Carla Gannis, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Patrick Lichty, Srecko Horvat, Salvatore Iaconesi, Olga Kopenkina, Marinos Koutsomichalis, Shu Lea Cheang, Gretta Louw, Joana Moll, Laura Netz, Eryk Salvaggio, Devon Schiller, Guido Segni, Gregory Sholette, Karolina Sobecka, Alan Sondheim, Michael Szpakowski, Eugenio Tisselli, Ruben Verwaal, Paul Vanouse.
Frankenstein Reanimated, the book (RRP £15), includes full-colour illustrations and is designed by Mark Simmonds. It follows Furtherfield and Torque Editions ground-breaking book Artists Re:Thinking the Blockchain. Further information on the publication is available on Torque Editions site here.
Dr Marc Garrett explores postdigital contexts as part of an intersectional enquiry. An artist, curator and researcher he co-founded Furtherfield and has curated over 50 contemporary media arts exhibitions and projects nationally and internationally. He has written many critical and cultural essays, articles, interviews, and contributed to books about art, technology and social change. He is co-editor of Artists Re:thinking Games and Artists Re:thinking the Blockchain.
Mary Flanagan has a research-based practice that investigates and exploits the seams between technology, play, and human experience, exploring how data, computing practices, errors / glitches, and games reflect human psychology and the limitations of knowledge. Flanagan has exhibited internationally at venues such as The Guggenheim, the Whitney, Tate Britain, and cultural centres in Spain, Portugal, Germany, France, Cyprus, China, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, and more.
Anna Dumitriu is an award-winning, internationally renowned British artist who works with BioArt, sculpture, installation, and digital media to explore our relationship to microbiology, synthetic biology, and emerging technologies. Exhibitions include ZKM, Ars Electronica, Künstlerhaus Wein, BOZAR, Picasso Museum, HeK Basel, MOCA Taipei, LABoral, and the 6th Guangzhou Triennial.
Ruth Catlow is a recovering web utopian. An artist, curator and researcher of emancipatory network cultures, practices and poetics, she is co-founding co-director of Furtherfield, and co-editor of Artists Re:thinking the Blockchain (2017) and Radical Friends - Decentralised Autonomous Organisations and the Arts.
Torque Editions is an itinerant publisher and curatorial platform, producing books, events and exhibitions focused on themes of mind, language and technology. Founded in 2014 by Nathan Jones and Sam Skinner.