Reading Frankenstein - An Inter-Media Performance

Reading Frankenstein - An Inter-Media Performance

Created in collaboration by:   Annie Loui, CounterBalance Theater; Antoinette LaFarge, Digital Media Artist and Jim Fallon, Neurobiologist

A contemporary scientist named Mary Shelley discovers that one of her failed computer experiments is running amok in her laboratory, at the same time as the novel Frankenstein is haunting her imagination. Using layered digital projections, brain imaging, and a virtual creature interacting with a live human actor, Reading Frankenstein examines the ethical repercussions of scientific research from the creature's point of view.

Given the 2019 autonomy of A.I. and the accelerating scientific advances of CRISPR,  our new Monster presents questions about evolution in the era of climate change, taking the story content to a newly imagined world in the not-too-distant future.

When:   October 31st at 8pm
            November 1st at 8pm
            November 2 at 2 and 8pm
            November 7 at 8pm
            November 8 at 8pm
            November 9 at 2 and 8pm

Talkback after the performance of Friday, November 1st with the primary collaborators: Annie Loui, CounterBalance Theater, Antoinette LaFarge, Projection Design, Lonnie Alcaraz, Lighting and Scenic, and Jim Fallon, Neurobiologist.

Talkback after the performance of Thursday, November 7th with primary collaborators: Annie Loui, CounterBalance Theater, Antoinette LaFarge, Projection Designer, Jim Fallon, Neurobiologist; Holly Poe Durbin, Costume Designer.

Sponsored by Illuminations, Medical Humanities, and Institute for 21st Century Creativity (21c)

Google maps ( https://goo.gl/maps/nRnATehDtpxeWquYA ) to the Reading Frankenstein Illuminations page as well as the driving directions below.

Driving Directions

From the North:

  1. Take the 405 S to 73 S
  2. Exit University Drive Left onto University Drive S Right onto Mesa Road Right at stop sign into Mesa Parking Structure

From the South:

  1. 405N Left onto University Drive
  2. Left onto Mesa Road Right at stop sign into Mesa Parking Structure Parking:

$10 – $15 Park on any level Go to level 3 to access bridge (located next to the elevator) Walk across bridge to enter the arts campus Individuals

UCI Parking $10 – $15 Mesa Parking Structure * Elevator for disabled access to Arts Plaza Please use the pedestrian bridge to get to CTSA galleries and theatres. Take elevator or stairs to Level 3 of Mesa Parking Structure (MPS) to access bridge, which is to your left as you exit elevator or stairs.

Event Details

  • When: Thursday, October 31 and November 7, 8 p.m.; Friday, November 1 and 8, 8 p.m.; Saturday, November 2 and 9, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Where: experimental Media and Performance Laboratory (xMPL), Contemporary Arts Center
  • Organizer: Julia Lupton (email)
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