“It was on a dreary night of November that I beheld the accomplishment of my toils. With an anxiety that almost amounted to agony, I collected the instruments of life around me, that I might infuse a spark of being into the lifeless thing that lay at my feet. It was already one in the morning; the rain pattered dismally against the panes, and my candle was nearly burnt out, when, by the glimmer of the half-extinguished light, I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open; it breathed hard, and a convulsive motion agitated its limbs.” (Mary Shelley, Frankenstein 1818 edition)
For the third session of Elastic Nature, held on All Hallows Eve, we will be exploring the legacy of Frankenstein – a 200-years-young piece of literature that grows all the more relevant as science and technology pro/digresses.
We are honoured to invite artist, writer and educator Adrian Holme to deliver a richly insightful lecture on one of the most enduring and influential novels of the Romantic era.
In 1816 Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, then aged 18, wrote the novel Frankenstein. Daughter of radicals Mary Wollstonecraft, pioneer feminist writer, and political theorist and libertarian William Godwin, Mary Shelley was born in 1797. She eloped with the poet PB Shelley in 1814. With him she bore four children, only one of whom survived to adulthood.
Frankenstein, product of a challenge by the poet Lord Byron to the Shelleys, himself and Dr Polidori to write a ghost story (Shelley 2003), was published in 1818. It has been interpreted in many forms on stage and in film and has been the subject of much critical analysis.
Join us here at THECUBE on 31st October where Frankenstein will be discussed through the multiple lenses of Romanticism, art and science, literary and philosophical influences and critical interpretations, with an attempt to shed light on why the work has such an enduring legacy.
This is the third Elastic Nature event – an art research club bringing together interdisciplinary researchers, practitioners and thinkers around the broad subject of ‘the future of nature’ via artificial life, sympathetic synthetics, sensory realities, materiality and speculative bodies.
If you are interested in coming, please sign up here! Its free!