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09 APRIL 2012

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: the first true science fiction novel

"What many might consider to be true science fiction began to emerge during the Enlightenment in the early 16th Century as the Western world's understanding of science blossomed. Others identify Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, published in 1818 as the Industrial Revolution gathered pace, as the first true science fiction novel. Today it tends to be seen very much as gothic horror, but it relies heavily on extrapolating then current scientific understanding to extreme fantastical ends."

(Lynne Hardy, 1 August 2011, Celebrating Science)

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16th century1818bio-ethics • Durham University • European Enlightenmentfantastical endsFrankenstein • gothic horror • human beingsindustrial revolutionMary Shelleymodernitymutant sciencenovelPenguin Random Houseposthumansciencescience fiction • science fiction novel • science-fictionscientific discoveries • scientific innovation • scientific theories • scientific understandingspeculative fiction • understanding science

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Simon Perkins
05 APRIL 2012

Exposition Futur Anterieur: the future of an alternative past

"Articulée autour des trois axes convergents mais néanmoins autonomes que constituent le rétrofuturisme, le steampunk et l'archéomodernisme, l'exposition a pour enjeu de faire dialoguer des productions culturelles issues du passé, qui tentaient à leur époque d'envisager ce que pourrait être le futur – c'est–à–dire approximativement notre postmodernité – avec des œuvres d'artistes actuels qui revisitent le passé et réactivent certaines visions du futur ou de la modernité générées essentiellement entre le dernier tiers du XIXe et la première moitié du XXe siècle.

Structured around the themes of retrofuturism, steampunk and archeomodernism – a concept developed by the academic, critic and curator Arnaud Pierre, the exhibition FUTUR PERFECT aims to create a dialogue between past cultural output that imagined the future, what is essentially our postmodern era – with work from contemporary artists, which in both form and substances refer to the pas [sic] by revisiting and reviving certain visions of the future or of modernity, generated by mainly between the last third of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century. The exhibition takes a transversal approach, intersecting different aesthetic and temporal veins. A selection of work from contemporary artists will be grouped with older work and documents – each giving perspectives to the others. In addition, one section will be dedicated to cinema and another to the various accessories, devices and artefacts developed by the steampunk community. in a separate section, the exhibition will also include the first French retrospective of the American magazine Retrofuturism, in the form of an installation designed by its originator, the artist and editor Lloyd Dunn."

(Commissaire de l'exposition / Curator : Jean–François Sanz, Galerie du Jour agnès b.)

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19th century201220th century • Adrien Beau • agnes b • Albert Robida • alternative past • archeomodernism • Arnaud Pierre • Bill Domonkos • Bob Basset • Camille Flammarion • Didier Graffet • Dove Allouche • Elise Leclercq • Emile Bayard • envisioning • Eric Caro • Etienne Leopold Trouvelot • Evariste Richer • exhibitionfantastical endsfantasy • Franck Rezzak • Franco Brambilla • futur anterieur • futur perfect • Georges Melies • Henri Armengol • Henri Lanos • historical perspective • Hugh Ferriss • Hugues Reip • imagined future • Jean-Luc Verna • Jesse DAngelo • Keith Thompson • Laurent Grasso • Laurent Montaron • Le voyage dans la Lune • Leon Benett • Leon Gimpel • Lloyd Dunn • Lucien Rudaux • Marc Caro • Marjolaine Sirieix • Markus Schinwald • Matthew Buchholz • Maurice Grunbaum • Metropolis (1927)modernity • Mr Audax • nostalgia • Plonk and Replonk • postmodern era • Ray Caesar • Redstar • retrofuturism • Retrofuturism (magazine) • retrospective • Ruppert and Mulot • Sam Van Olffen • Samon Takahashi • space travelspeculative fictionsteampunk • steampunk community • Stephane Halleux • Tempus Factoris • the past • transversal approach • visions of the futurevisual design • Xavier Veilhan

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Simon Perkins
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