1.11 – 9.12 2007
Nearly 200 years after Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein
was first released, a new technological revolution increasingly makes Dr Frankenstein and his creation more relevant than ever before. The possibilities and dangers of genetic engineering have only just become well known, as nanotechnology in combination with biotechnology offer us new visions where the boundaries between man and machine become ever more vague.
These developments foresee a future of dystopias and utopias and everything in between. In a more dystopian vision, machine tak control for themselves and become an elite, mastering humanity. Whereas in the utopia, machines concern themselves with various kinds of work, while humans enjoy an easy life, free from disease, aging or catastrophe.
These futuristic visions generate questions which today may seem alien, but which soon might be central for the survival of humanity. The co-existence of man and machine, what constitutes life, and whether science is (just like Shelley's Dr Frankenstein) on its way to creating a monster that will soon be released without any control.
Mejan Labs' exhibition Frankenstein's Monster
shows the monster in different forms. From the Welsh artist Paul Granjon's humorous creations to more intricate projects like Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr's Victimless Leather
and the complex system created between animals, plants and robots in Andy Gracie's Fish, Plant, Rack
. Argentinean artist Paula Gaetano has constructed a robot that she has given one single, but very human ability - it sweats. Floris Kaayk goes one step further in his film Microbia Metalosis Maligna
, creating a new disease which has spread and to which science cannot find a cure. The disease slowly turns the human body into mechanics. Mankind is slowly turned from man, via cyborgs, into robots.