Date of Award
Master of Arts
This thesis examines the house as a simultaneous location of ease and dis-ease, familiarity and estrangement. With particular focus on architectural motifs and domestic space, it is proposed that there is potential for a compatible or even complementary relationship between a critical or reflective nostalgia and the Freudian uncanny. It is suggested that these two concepts function as potential doubles, and that through their pairing, a nuanced analytic space for examining the contradictions inherent in the homely and unhomely, as well as in notions of memory, is forged. This conceptual framework is further explored in relation to artistic practice, through focused analysis of Gregor Schneider’s Haus ur and Toba Khedoori’s architectural drawings.
Bonli, Liv, "DOWN THE DARK HALL, UP THE STAIRS: The Uncanny, Nostalgia, and Uneasy Dwelling" (2008). Digitized Theses. 4125.