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Performing the Uncanny: Psychoanalysis, Aesthetics and the Digital Double

  • Suparna Banerjee
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Abstract

The chapter opens up a space for investigating how the Freudian notion of the “uncanny” can be utilised as a choreographic and a research device to analyse contemporary/Bharatanatyam danceworks. Drawing on practice, it demonstrates how the celebration of techno-human bodies by contemporary choreographers has not only provided room for expressing artistic subjectivities but has also expanded the psycho-visual aesthetics of performance. Furthermore, a critical discussion allows the readers to comprehend how the scope of Bharatanatyam as a cultural dance in Britain has been broadened through the art of technological doubling. Locating it at the intersection of the Freudian psychoanalysis and theories based on the digital body, Banerjee argues that these works connect the organic to the digital, the fictional to the personal, and the experiential to the social.

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Acknowledgements

A fragment of this chapter appeared in my doctoral thesis, and I am thankful to my doctoral supervisors—Andrée Grau, Ann R. David and Avanthi Meduri—for their generous advice. Later, it was substantially developed and presented at the Digital Echoes Symposium at Coventry University in 2015. I wish to extend my gratitude to Sarah Whatley and Matthew Causey for their comments on my presentation. Thanks are also due to the reviewers who provided constructive feedback, Jingqiu Guan, Jessica Fiala and Pritika Agarwal for lending their critical eyes on my writing and the artists (Divya Kasturi, Kamala Devam and Seeta Patel) for their enthusiastic support.

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  • Suparna Banerjee
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  1. 1.Independent ScholarPuneIndia

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