THE MODERN PROMETHEUS
“I do know that for the sympathy of one living being, I would make peace with all. I have love in me the likes of which you can scarcely imagine and rage the likes of which you would not believe. If I cannot satisfy the one, I will indulge the other.”
― Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
Inspired by Mary Shelly’s, The Modern Prometheus, the artists decided to take on this old classic and bring across the idea of the Monster as a blank slate.
The interaction with the artwork is largely based on mimicry. A face is projected onto the mask and the mask follows the person standing in front of the installation.
The artwork, also titled The Modern Prometheus, brings across this simple idea of the mimicry of the creation and the creator. The head is like the Monster in the book , limited in capabilities and child-like. It is for us to teach it to either be good or evil. The work serve as a reminder to all creators, artists and makers the role that we have in the lives of our creations. It can be capable of reflecting compassion just as well as cruelty. It is capable of both doing good in the world and evil. Our duality is reflected in the works we create and we have to choose and be conscious of our decisions.
In the book, the Monster was treated with cruelty and it became the monster that they projected him to be. In our works we recreate to moment of “life” and make you ponder at this one moment how do you react to this uncanny creation.
We wanted the very moment that made Victor Frankenstein utter those two words.