19 Oct – 30 December 2018
Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts
Hyperprometheus takes specific meanings derived from Frankenstein and presents them within the realm of emerging and historical artistic disciplines. Considering specific meanings of the novel within the 21st century context, Hyperprometheus combines these with Timothy Morton’s notion of hyperobjects. The selected artworks are drawn from experimental, contemporary and biological arts and tackle ideas of life and death, the creation and assemblage of life, the reanimation of the non-living, future life, synthetic biology, the technological non-human and the responsibility of creators.
This exhibitions focus on and problematise what Frankenstein means today in relation to the intersection of the living and the non-living, artifice and nature, reproductive and biomedical technologies and other scientific and technological practices of our age. Mary Shelly “looked to the creative aspects of Prometheus’ persona to ask important questions about the limits of the artistic and scientific imagination” and in Hyperprometheus we consider such limits within the context of the new millennium. This exhibition is curated by Eugenio Viola, Laetitia Wilson and Oron Catts.