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Posthuman Romantics

An art show & salon by curator Jon Dawes. February 6th, 2021.

The Romantic era was known for producing amazing works of art: poetry, novels, paintings, music, and more. Your task is to create your own art project, but in character as a posthuman being. The medium is your choice, as are your methods. We will be gathering to enjoy and appreciate the works of the Posthuman Romantics on February 6, 2021.

Date: February 6th 2021
Location: 336 East 1st Avenue
Facilitated by: Jon Dawes
Featuring: Jon Dawes, Louise Chow, Christopher Alan Slater, Kay Slater, and YOU!

In the early nineteenth century, an artistic, literary, musical and intellectual movement called Romanticism flourished in Europe and elsewhere. One of the fundamental values of the movement was individual inspiration, with originality being lauded over conformity to established methods and principles. There was also a feeling of reverence for the beauty of nature contrasted with the works of human beings in the Industrial Revolution.

Against this backdrop, Mary Shelley wrote a novel that is still famous today: “Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus”. In doing so, she introduced the world to a posthuman intelligence with a Romantic heart. Rather than being born of human parents, Frankenstein’s monster was created by a human being out of human body parts. After being rejected by human society, he reacted violently and demanded that another creature be made as his companion. After further betrayal by his creator, the creature sought solitude in the nature that he loved.

Since then, science and science fiction have offered up many variants on posthuman intelligence. We have genetically enhanced humans, uplifted animals, computer AIs, nano-swarm hive minds, alien hybrids, clones, and many more. Imagine what it would be like to be one of these posthuman entities who has embraced the idea of Romanticism and has set out to create a work of art. How does the fact that you were created by the artifice of humans inform your take on what is natural? How does individual inspiration and originality come to one who inherits a background of mass production?

Open call for submissions is open. Note: The Papercut Arcade defines *artist as a person who practices any of the various creative arts, such as a sculptor, photographer, painter, novelist, poet, or filmmaker. The keyword is practice; therefore, if you make art or produce work with the intent of participating in a The Papercut Arcade challenge or exhibition, you ARE an artist. This was not a juried or curated exhibition, but the artworks were be screened for offensive (illegal/oppressive/appropriative) content.

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