Itinerant invites people to take a walk through Boston Common and surrounding neighborhoods to experience an interactive sound work that re-frames Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, the classic tale of conflict between techno-scientific hubris and the human spirit. A second orignal text is woven throughout the space, engaging visitors in a search for an elusive character who is doppelganger to both the doctor and the creature. Sounds, "played" by visitors as they move through the city, create a series of frames within which to reflect upon our highly mobile, technologically saturated society and issues of identity, place, and displacement. Mobile and locational media (GPS) formally underscore themes in the work. The sonic overlay is also presented as an interactive map on the web, creating a formal re-framing and displacement of this site-specific work.
© Teri Rueb 2005
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, published in 1816, read by Ralph Cosham
Map graphics generously provided by Red Maps
Web design and project development: David Dao
Itinerant is a 2005 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. (aka Ether-Ore).
It was made possible with funding from the Jerome Foundation and the LEF Foundation.