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In her groundbreaking novel Frankenstein, Mary Shelley explored themes of modern life and human alienation through a critical, feminist lens. In honor of the book's 200th anniversary, USC Alumni Park will come “alive” with a multimedia metamorphosis of the park you know into a Frankenstein-themed extravaganza. Under the direction of digital artists Akiko Yamashita and Yo-Yo Lin, students working in animation, film, interactive media, music, theatre, dance, and architecture will collaborate to create a monster of a celebration of Shelley's enduring novel. A projection-mapping display of light and sound will transform the facade of Doheny Memorial Library while Shelley’s characters and ideas are revivified through original art and live music and dance performances inspired by rare books and artworks from the USC Libraries. Real-time, interactive animation will turn attendees into Frankenstein-inspired creatures as the lines between the monstrous and the human, the fictional and the real, the natural and the technological, become fantastically blurred.
Akiko Yamashita | Twitter, Vimeo
Yo-Yo Lin | Twitter, Vimeo
The Guardian: “Frankenstein at 200 – Why Hasn’t Mary Shelley Been Given the Respect She Deserves?"
Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative. Organized by Marje Schuetze-Coburn, Anne-Marie Maxwell, and Tim Stanton (USC Libraries), Lisa Mann (Cinematic Arts), and Amy Murphy (Architecture).