My Monster & Frankenstein’s legacy – curator talk.
24 Jul 12:30pm -
24 Jul 1:30pm
Dr Evelyn Tsitas
Join curator Evelyn Tsitas as she talks about how the legacy of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein inspired her doctoral research and exhibition My Monster: The Human Animal Hybrid at RMIT Gallery (29 June – 18 August).
Shelley’s seminal monster novel explores life and death and reanimating flesh. It is also the story of a hybrid outcast, for Frankenstein’s creature was made as a new species, from a combination of both human and animal parts.
Coinciding with the 200th anniversary year of the publication of Frankenstein, the exhibition expands on Dr Tsitas’ initial investigation into how the hybrid in science fiction is a trope in which the character’s internal conflict mirrors our anxiety about notions of humanity and the relation between the animal and the human.
Each of the five gallery spaces mirrors a different chapter of her doctoral dissertation, examining the hybrid’s unique lifecycle, as seen through the work of more than 25 Australian and international artists.
Mythology, fiction and the creative arts have long entertained the fantasy of the animal and human fused into one being. My Monster explores a contemporary response to the hybrid creature in diverse media, ranging from installations, sound art, paintings, drawings, ceramics, sculpture, photography, film and multi media.
Image: Liceti, De monstris, 1668. Courtesy of Wellcome Collection, UK. Artist unknown, The Peruvian harpy, c1700. Coloured etching. Image courtesy of the Wellcome Collection, UK. Theodor von Holst, Frankenstein observing the first stirrings of his creature, engraving, date unknown. Published by W. Chevalier, 1831. Image courtesy of Wellcome Collection, UK.