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Frankenstein Book Art

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Following a hugely successful residency at Liverpool’s Central Library, Liverpool Book Art’s third major exhibition now heads to Kirkby Gallery.

Following the great success of 2016’s ‘Shakespeare Now’ exhibition, organisers have been celebrating 200 years since the first publication of Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein or, The Modern Prometheus’ with this year’s offering.

The exhibition has seen great interest since launching in Liverpool earlier this year, with repeat visitors returning to hear talks from the curator and many of the works being sold to members of the public.

The Knowsley arm of the exhibition will feature over 15 new and exclusive works, which did not appear in Liverpool, as well as a site specific mural.

Frankenstein is a classic work for a variety of reasons. Its themes of ambition and hubris, ethics and morality, responsibility for the consequence of one’s actions, free will and empathy have been important since the book was first published.

Today, they appear hugely relevant, whether considering genetic manipulation and synthetic biology, artificial intelligence and machine learning, or Silicon Valley’s ‘disruptive technologies’.

 

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