On Digital Uncanny

October 21, 2008

Sigmund Freud woud not dare to think that his essay “Das Unheimliche” prepared the ground for a tremendous amount of literary/cultural/etc. analysis and which would be used as a tool of psychoanalytic criticism for a cultural phenomenon- film – which Freud wasn’t too enthusiastic about.

Moreover, the idea of ‘The Uncanny’ must have developed in these ages of technophilia to an entirely new level, bringing along hardwares, softwares and concepts. Such softwares as AniMoto are being developed to creatively motivate photo and sound manipulation in a user-friendly, simple environment. The lively description of this software (along with another 3D-image generating software) was presented at HAAS 2008 Conference.

Click here for more information on the uncanny and strangely innovative softwares and Hollywood 2.0 presented by DragonWeb.

But the notion of Digital Uncanny doesn’t stop here. Our cells, mp3s, other devices are used as our extensions- in the broadest sense. A Nokia phone advertises itself as a tool to which one can easily connect his/her life. Does this strange conjugation serve as a first step to a totally new era of digitality/digital life?

Isn’t this the real Second Life? Isn’t the online game the Third Life?

To answer to the questions of skeptic voices, I would recommend to take a look at a new software invention, called “HappyWakeUp”, which:

“… detects the optimal moment to wake up by monitoring the quality of your sleep using the microphone of the mobile phone. Actually it listens to your movements during the night time. Therefore the phone has to be near to you, preferably on your bed. Detection of the arousals is based on statistical analysis of the microphone signals.” -source here. (Thanks to DragonWeb, again)

All in all, beside haunted houses and The Double (which is now presented another sense that is the DigitalDouble) we can talk about adding new materializations to the concept of Uncanny.


2 Responses to “On Digital Uncanny”

  1. Dragon Z. Says:

    “Isn’t this the real Second Life? Isn’t the online game the Third Life?”

    I think what we should finally acknowledge is that there is no Second Life (in Lacanian parlance it can be an addition to the list of “there is no”-s and “doesn’t exist”-s): our life already is what Second Life tries to model computationally. You can play with multiplying the lives around you, but funnily enough (there you go, uncanny), the more you get virtual, the less you got away from the real…

  2. kelemenzsolt Says:

    This ‘twisted’ logic is what Zizek talks about in connection with the Freudian dream of a fateher, who mourns his son and in his dreams the son appears. This idea suggests the same method of the more you want to get away (by putting yourself into different realitites with the help of devices,say), the less you get.
    at least for me this is what it suggests…

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