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Digital Uncanny

Kriss Ravetto-Biagioli


We are confronted with a new type of uncanny experience, an uncanny evoked by parallel processing, aggregate data, and cloud-computing. The digital uncanny does not erase the uncanny feeling we experience as déjà vu or when confronted with robots that are too lifelike. Today’s uncanny refers to how nonhuman devices (surveillance technologies, algorithms, feedback, and data flows) anticipate human gestures, emotions, actions, and interactions, intimating we are machines and our behavior is predicable because we are machinic. It adds another dimension to those feelings we get when we question wh ... More

Keywords: uncanny, digital technology, interactive art, surveillance, affect, Bill Viola, Freud, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Simon Biggs

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Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190853990
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190853990.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kriss Ravetto-Biagioli, author
Associate Professor of Cinema Studies, University of California - Davis

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