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Viktor F. Or The Release Of The Suppressed

Viktor F. Or The Release Of The Suppressed

Some think Viktor F. was a monster, but in fact he was an accomplished scientist, inventor and visionary who created a monster out of lifeless matter. Viktor F. was, in turn, created by 19 th century novelist Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. Her novel, which she herself called a "hideous progeny", was considered the first fully realized science fiction novel. Although it is often analysed as a criticism of scientists who are unconcerned by the potential consequences of their work, the interpretation of this prophetic novel has changed through times. Nowadays one could also consider Shelley's narrative as a contemplation on the consequences of scientific experiments escaping the confines of the laboratory and being confronted with the real world and different fields of knowledge and experience; "out there" the original experiment (or paradigm) transforms into something else, releasing suppressed potentials. The so-called "monster" engineered by Viktor F. may never have existed but for the fear of the uncontrolled and unexpected-the "undisciplined".
This lecture series is an investigation from different points-of-view on art, art history and art crit-icism, deliberately going beyond its conventional boundaries to short-circuit with other disciplines and domains. What is there to be gained? What is there to lose?

Seminar and lectures will be moderated by Willem van Weelden, who is a researcher, publicist and teacher of media theory and interaction design. From the early 1980s until 1990 he worked as a visual artist, then shifted to theory, writing and cultural engineering. In the 1990s van Weelden was involved in projects dedicated to public access on the internet. He currently combines writing with teaching at various academies, such as the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and the Sint Lukas Academy, Brussels. His texts have been published in 'Metropolis M' and 'Open', among others.

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