Saturday, October 26, 2002

When things are not quite right

I was recently pointed towards the Uncanny Valley - which represents the point at which a person observing the creature or object in question sees something that is nearly human, but just enough off-kilter to seem eerie or disquieting.

Brings to mind a book I recently read. The Uncanny: Experiments in Cyborg Culture, "The title takes its name from an essay by Sigmund Freud which deals with the sensation of 'uncanniness' as being strange and familiar at the same time." (with contributions from William Gibson, Donna Haraway, and Toshiya Ueno.)

And for D&G fans, the beauty of machines lies in the breaking down. The aesthetics of digital corruption.


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