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We’re all Frankenstein

07.02.2019 | By PAOLO BOCCHI

“In 1818 Mary Shelley’s novel titled “Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus” had its first edition. It told the story of doctor Victor Frankenstein and the gigantic creature he gave life to, providing the first example ever of “science fiction”. And its pages are still “monstrously relevant”. Read it and see.”

We’re all Frankenstein. Some of us more than others.
And we’re all living in some sort of “science fiction”,
whose director changes depending on where in the world we are.
Life is a fairytale, where powerful gothic elements and delicate moments of romance are often thrown in to counteract a screenplay that sounds, at times, unbelievable.

We live stories that seem taken straight from the greatest TV series, where life, death, morals, nature, limits, boundaries, relationships and interactions touch the highest levels possible.
There’s a little bit of Frankenstein in each of us, especially at the beginning of a new year.
Because, when the old ends and the new begins, you need to equip yourself for the occasion. Prepare your body and, even more importantly, your mind.
You need to be ready. To anticipate and know all about the “upcoming trends”, since being willing to “transform yourself accordingly” is part of the game.
Our minds and bodies, at the stroke of midnight, get ready for the occasion to change or upgrade both their internal structure and the husk around it.
It’s called evolution.
Or so they say.


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As far back as 1818, or 200 and one years ago, Mary Shelley, born Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin in August 1797, had her book “Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus” first released, putting down on paper one of the deepest and most relevant reflections on human life ever. It all started from Prometheus, the Greek hero raised to symbol of rebellion (to both the status quo and the Gods) and unrestricted knowledge finally free from any biases.
Doctor Frankenstein is the modern Prometheus, in Mary Shelley’s powerful pages.
Pages where Victor Frankenstein and his “gigantic creature”, the “monster”, are the main actors of a play that sounds like today’s work, given how still relevant its themes are.
Daring, breaking down boundaries, overcoming one’s own limits: moral, physical, cultural, religious.
We’re all Frankenstein. Some more than others. And we’re all the “gigantic creature”.
All actors and audience of a spectacular science fiction story; all ready to modify ourselves, incorporate new parts, evolve. All, the result of a constant mutation. And all able to trigger new ones.


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Speaking about associations, what the word ‘Frankenstein’ generally brings to our minds is the film “Frankenstein Junior” by Mel Brooks, released in 1974 then raised to immortal cinema icon that ended up hogging the imagery around the Frankenstein character. But Frankenstein is not just Mel Brooks.
Frankenstein stands for searching, crushing stereotypes, overcoming cultural barriers, evolving our minds even more than our bodies, structural upgrades, exterior and internal modifications.
Frankenstein is the doctor that decided to become God
by assembling “diverse parts” to obtain a new, authentic life form.
Frankenstein is the daily choices everyone makes, questioning habits and customs, while ploughing through the cold and dangerous uncharted lands of the Unknown.
Doctor Frankenstein and his “creature” are the “step beyond”.
Frankenstein is the Cremaster Cycle’s Matthew Barney.


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Frankenstein is Orlan’s re-shaped body.


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Frankenstein is The Enigma with his tattooed puzzle.


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Frankenstein is The Monster’s Mother by Jim Mc Kenzie.


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Frankenstein is Ranxerox from the minds of Tamburini and Liberatore.


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Frankenstein is Sarah Polley and Adrian Brody in Splice.


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Frankenstein is the works of Jesse Kanda.


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Frankenstein is Lil Miquela, Shudu and Sophia
Frankenstein is the human Ken and Barbie dolls.
Each of us, in the end, is doctor Victor Frankenstein.
Each of us is his “gigantic creature”.
And we’re all, in the end, modern Prometheuses.
Aren’t we?