Eisenstein's Monster (2007)

Make your own video monsters!

'Eisenstein's Monster' is a participatory video piece, a tongue-in-cheek coupling of Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein' and the montage theories of Sergei Eisenstein.

In the interactive version the participant is invited to create life at the press of a button, then shape and twist their creatures to their whim. Biological life is transformed through the digital (video and Flash) and back via the choices of you the biological user to become new biodigital lifeforms.

If biological input is impossible or not preferred, there is an 'autoplay' version where the computer plays God.

While the piece is intended to be light-hearted, our collective fear of science playing God lurks here, as it did in Shelley's original.

Full Description

Make your own video monsters!

'Eisenstein's Monster' is a participatory video piece, a tongue-in-cheek coupling of Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein' and the montage theories of Sergei Eisenstein.

In the interactive version the participant is invited to create life at the press of a button, then shape and twist their creatures to their whim. Biological life is transformed through the digital (video and Flash) and back via the choices of you the biological user to become new biodigital lifeforms.

If biological input is impossible or not preferred, there is an 'autoplay' version where the computer plays God.

While the piece is intended to be light-hearted, our collective fear of science playing God lurks here, as it did in Shelley's original.

Work metadata

Want to see more?
Take full advantage of the ArtBase by Becoming a Member
Related works

Featured in 5 Exhibitions

Comments

This artwork has no comments. You should add one!
Leave a Comment