Ms. Frankenstein

A video production adapted from this performance was made, entitled Mz. Frankenstein.

The following text is taken from Front Magazine vol. V, no. 1, p. 13, September/October 1993:

Ms. Frankenstein is a short, non-glamorous performance about the body, science and ethics. It is largely imagistic, And the focus of the activity is the hook-up and demonstration of a revolutionary reducing machine called “The Relax-a-cisor.” This machine was manufactured in the United States in the 1950s and was sold to women for home use. I forgot to mention that it is an electrical device. To me, this machine conjures up many terrifying thoughts, which I have played out with humour in the piece. There is also a wealth of statistical information which I have gleaned from a variety of feminist texts such as The Beauty MythFace Value, and books on plastic surgery. In Ms. Frankenstein I attempt to involve the viewers by forcing them to publicly acknowledge their own perceptions of their bodily imperfections. The question is, how far are you prepared to go to get rid of them? – Tanya Mars

Digitized video available through Western Front Archives upon research request.