P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center and The Museum of Modern Art presented their first curatorial collaboration with Greater New York, an unprecedented joint exhibition enterprise. Working cooperatively since October 1999, curators from P.S.1 and MoMA produced an exhibition that showcased more than 140 artists who have emerged as vital, creative voices in their field over the past five years. P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, New York.
This piece takes as its source material a computer database of all the text from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Custom software creates a collage of the book, re-combining and re-assembling text fragments into ever-changing patterns. The resulting collage is read aloud by a synthetic voice, broadcast over a large indoor area via a pirate radio transmitter. Visitors carry small, customised transistor radios to hear the work over one floor of the venue.
Using the same concept as the installation version of Radio Frankenstein, the online version displays fragments of text from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein flying across the screen as the novel is collaged and spoken by the computer.