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THE FRANKENSTEIN PARADOX  

In 1815, Mary SHELLEY (1797-1851), an extraordinary 18-years-old woman, began writing what would unanimously be considered one of the first science-fiction novels in world literature : Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus.

This book is revolutionary!

A worldwide bestseller of cultural inspiration, Mary SHELLEY’S narrative has been filmed nearly 135 times since J.S. DAWLEY’S Frankenstein matrix in 1910.

A rare case of a classic that is taught at universities whilst enjoying huge popular success – more than 10 million results come up in a Google search – Mary SHELLEY’S novel not only evokes our imagination, but its themes have become acutely relevant to our time. The story raises questions about the origin and the future of human beings.

It establishes a bridge, an awe-inspiring introduction to Modernity.

The story denounces the terrible risk of reckless excesses, but it also opens a door to the future where last boundary of humans is thrust to infinity.

In the darkest, depths of time, standing naked and terrified on a hostile earth, Man was unconsciously beginning a fantastic journey towards knowledge that would propel him into infinity.

This relentless movement, this necessity for metamorphosis hardwired in his genes, that makes him continuously push through the boundaries of his own humanity, carries on, unstoppable and invisible, through the millennia until the arrival of rationalism, science and technology make him notice the very existence of this secret impulse, this Promethean act, this never-ending dance.

We have named this extraordinary journey The Architecture of Mankind.  The impulse that has been driving human beings since the beginning of time, constantly moving them forward is, for us, defined as The Inner Adventure.

  • Is Man a Prometheus that has broken free from his chains, a Faust dominated by his desire for power, a Victor Frankenstein whose creature escapes and turns against him?
  • Is he hard-wired to forever push past his limits? Will science and technology allow us to overcome the mysteries and worries that have always troubled humanity?

By delving into the shadow cast by her creature, the Mary SHELLEY Institute introduces us to these different questions that represent the founding legacy of Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus. It is from this unveiled legacy, this amazing prospect that influences the present, and even the future, that the origins and foundations of the Frankenstein Center arise.

The Center exposes, analyses and explains this never-ending journey of Mankind, showcasing its remarkable
consequences through the lens of popular culture.

Images © : Michel Dufourd, Erik Anzi, Gidden Media, HanWay Films, Parallel Films, Universal and Bernie Wrightson.

THE FRANKENSTEIN PARADOX  

In 1815, Mary SHELLEY (1797-1851), an extraordinary 18-years-old woman, began writing what would unanimously be considered one of the first science-fiction novels in world literature : Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus.

This book is revolutionary!

A worldwide bestseller of cultural inspiration, Mary SHELLEY’S narrative has been filmed nearly 135 times since J.S. DAWLEY’S Frankenstein matrix in 1910.

A rare case of a classic that is taught at universities whilst enjoying huge popular success – more than 10 million results come up in a Google search – Mary SHELLEY’S novel not only evokes our imagination, but its themes have become acutely relevant to our time. The story raises questions about the origin and the future of human beings.

It establishes a bridge, an awe-inspiring introduction to Modernity.

The story denounces the terrible risk of reckless excesses, but it also opens a door to the future where last boundary of humans is thrust to infinity.

In the darkest, depths of time, standing naked and terrified on a hostile earth, Man was unconsciously beginning a fantastic journey towards knowledge that would propel him into infinity.

This relentless movement, this necessity for metamorphosis hardwired in his genes, that makes him continuously push through the boundaries of his own humanity, carries on, unstoppable and invisible, through the millennia until the arrival of rationalism, science and technology make him notice the very existence of this secret impulse, this Promethean act, this never-ending dance.

We have named this extraordinary journey The Architecture of Mankind.  The impulse that has been driving human beings since the beginning of time, constantly moving them forward is, for us, defined as The Inner Adventure.

  • Is Man a Prometheus that has broken free from his chains, a Faust dominated by his desire for power, a Victor Frankenstein whose creature escapes and turns against him?
  • Is he hard-wired to forever push past his limits? Will science and technology allow us to overcome the mysteries and worries that have always troubled humanity?

By delving into the shadow cast by her creature, the Mary SHELLEY Institute introduces us to these different questions that represent the founding legacy of Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus. It is from this unveiled legacy, this amazing prospect that influences the present, and even the future, that the origins and foundations of the Frankenstein Center arise.

The Center exposes, analyses and explains this never-ending journey of Mankind, showcasing its remarkable
consequences through the lens of popular culture.

Images © : Michel Dufourd, Erik Anzi, Gidden Media, HanWay Films, Parallel Films, Universal and Bernie Wrightson.

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