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SHARE PRIZE XI EDITION - FRANKENSTEIN

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Share Project, brainchild of Chiara Garibaldi and Simona Lodi, offers a crossdisciplinary platform for the promotion of contemporary art and culture in all its creative forms. We create real opportunities—events, exhibitions, seminars, workshops, productions—for developing knowledge and creativity in a digital society, and for promoting research and innovation in the visual arts, robotic art, bioart, new media art and interaction design as a critical expression of a digital, global society.

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By entering the competition, the artists of the short-listed works will implicitly give their consent to the publication and reproduction, in part or in whole, of their projects by The Sharing for the purposes of cultural promotion.

FRANKENSTEIN
IL MODERNO PROMETEO
 
“Frankenstein” was first published two hundred years ago.  The author remained anonymous, so that no one could guess that she was actually a radical teenage feminist who had run off to Italy. Victor Frankenstein is a bright Swiss college student with a private lab.  Victor secretly hacks dead bodies and builds a new creature.  One night, Victor “infuses the spark of being” into his superhuman creation.   But “Frankenstein’s Monster” never gets named. He does have a mother — Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley — but no legal identity, not for two hundred years.
 
"Illegal, unethical, penniless and not even human, he’s the ultimate clandestine refugee. This Nameless One has no family, no friends and no legal papers. He’s a citizen of nowhere,  lurching off the design table into a troubled, fragmented world of epic Greek mythic passions and torch-and-pitchfork mob riots. The Nameless One wanders the globe.  He listens and learns by spying on people.  Often he does free favors, and even works hard for no pay.  Yet despite all these conveniences, people never trust the Monster. 
He exists; he grows ever bolder, stronger and more capable; but he can never really be one of us. When he “friends” people,  the alien becomes even less human. He becomes a troll; he rants, rages, demands a female soul-mate,  and plots cruel reprisals on innocent brides.  Those who know him best are the ones who dread him worst.  
 
Must the Modern Prometheus suffer for his gift of fire? 
Must he be chased down with torches by an angry and panicking user-base? 
Will Silicon Valley ever have a Hollywood happy ending?"
 
SHARE FESTIVAL XIII "is about the powerful entities mankind has built, that are active among us, huge, strong, unloved, scary, mythic and Romantically tragic.  They are alive! — but we are the children of Mary Shelley, and of Byron’s daughter Ada Lovelace. 
What about them — and what about us?"
Jasmina Tešanovic
 
Nominees for the prize (6 in total) will be short listed by an international panel of judges, and will be invited to exhibit at the customary Share Prize exhibition in Turin in May 2018. The names of the short-listed finalists will be announced by the end of March 2018.

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