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The ‘Double’ in Bellmer’s Dolls

Hans Belmer is a German-born Surrealist artist and writer best known for the dolls he created around the ’30s. Besides the provocative nature of his work, he is considered as one of most controversial artists of the 20th century. His work touches on scopophilia, fetishism and sadomasochism among others; his dolls are penetrated, decaying, or dissecting themselves like a nightmare or a repressed reminiscence of childhood –he clearly expresses the darker, more frightening side of surrealism. Uncanny Eroticism His work is also emergent with an uncanny tangible eroticism. As Bellmer explains, “that eroticism relates to a knowledge of evil and the inevitability of death; it is not simply an expre

Uncanny Prosthetics: A Survey through J. Stuart Blackton’s short movie ‘The Thieving Hand’

“Artificial limbs do not disrupt amputees’ bodies, but rather reinforce our publicity perceived normalcy and humanity. Artificial limbs and prostheses only disrupt what is commonly considered to be the naturally whole and abled body.” Steven L.Kurzman “BL: Why do you want to dance? VP: Why do you want to live?” ‘The Red Shoes’ movie, 1948 The Concept of the Uncanny Feeling: Interpretation of the Unhomely “With every tool, man is perfecting his own organs -whether motor or sensory-, or is removing the limits to their functioning”. [Freud, 1930] Pointing to an addition, an extension, a replacement, or an enhancement, prosthesis has become a staple in the tropes that are utilizes by scientists

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