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Designing Tomorrows

Uncanny & Home

Issue 2

May 2021

We tend to take our homes for granted. Over the past year our homes became frontlines in a covert war. We took shelter. We added much more meaning to our homes, while meaning was being eroded. Who are the political forces that are trying to change our relationship with our home? For over a century The Uncanny was a professional term used in a few specific disciplines: psychology, sociology, robotics and animation. It seldom made it into idle conversation. Nowadays – everyone, everywhere, is talking about it. We’ve all experienced in the flesh the unsettling feeling of the strangely familiar, the unheimlich. The Uncanny is all around us – in our haunted homes, beaming from our screens, in the streets – emptied out, now strangely revitalized, our cities, muted and mutated. It’s in the fabric of everyday life, in the sudden strangeness of daily routines. A fear not triggered by alienation, not external… A fear coming from inside the house! In this issue we explore both the Uncanny and the home, and their strange relationship these days. Don’t be afraid to dive in and join us!

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