Archive for April, 2010

The Big Shave by Martin Scorsese

Posted in Uncategorized on April 23, 2010 by pauljohnwhite

This short film supports that the most disturbing or unsettling is often found within the context of the everyday and familiar.

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False Teeth Interviews

Posted in Uncategorized on April 16, 2010 by pauljohnwhite

Click on the photograph to watch the interviews

Interviews with people with false teeth as part of research into the ‘uncanny’. Considering false teeth as an ‘uncanny’ object the interviews are an attempt to investigate people’s interpretation of, reaction to and relationship with an ‘uncanny’ object.

Body Soup

Posted in Uncategorized on April 12, 2010 by pauljohnwhite

Self injury and self mutilation are also common within shamanic performances and primitive initiation rites; whilst in a trance like state Siberian shamans cut themselves and Tibetan shamans can allegedly reveal their entrails after cutting their abdomen open. In Body Soup, I simulate self mutilation as an exploration of body modification and identity in the age of technology. Body Soup explores fears surrounding mutation, pollution of technology, a hybrid existence and fragmentation of the self. The theme of the double is also used to stir ‘uncanny’ fears of a superstitious nature and also generates fears of replacement. The ‘uncanny’ impression can unsettle and disturb and the violence inherent within the work therefore seems appropriate. Moreover, the ‘uncanny’ causes the unconscious, primitive mind to encroach upon rational, civilised thought processes. Body Soup also explores the idea that our primitive and instinctive impulses have been repressed by civilisation.