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Art, Technology, and Frankenstein’s Legacy

  • Kerstin BorchhardtEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-1179-6_346-1


Two hundred years after Mary Shelley published her epochal novel Frankenstein (1818), the Frankenstein Syndrome as a code of the fear of contemporary technology running out of control has become symptomatic for (post)modern crises of the human condition in times of accelerated technological progress which might change and threaten the very basics of life. Such an existential fear is proven by various dystopian science fiction movies, such as the numerous Frankenstein adaptations. Nevertheless, inspired by post- and transhuman philosophy, there is also a trend in international fine arts seeking to reconcile with monstrous Frankenstein-like creations. The entry aims to analyze three selected examples of such reconciliations in the light of the artists’ intensions, their strategies of staging, and their receptions: The Australian artist Patricia Piccinini creates bio-fictional chimeras (The Young Family2003) to arouse compassion with multiple life forms and to encourage...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Freelancer art historianLeipzigGermany

Section editors and affiliations

  • Marco Jiménez
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  1. 1.University of Mexico, MexicoMéxicoMéxico