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

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

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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