Commissioned for 'The Uncanny: A Centenary' an exhibition at the Freud Museum London.
Directed by Karolina Urbaniak & Martin Bladh 2019
E. T. A. Hoffmann’s short story ‘The Sandman’ (1816), despite being over two hundred years old, still grips and fascinates its readers. In 1919 Sigmund Freud put this curious tale at the heart of his essay ‘The Uncanny’ in which he analysed its narrative through themes such as doppelgangers, fear of death, castration anxiety, the evil eye, automatons, return of the repressed and repetition. Through a Freudian lens, this multimedia work retells Hoffmann’s story in a poetic and symbolic way, exploring the unconscious and conscious forces at work.
Written by Martin Bladh
Photography, sound and production by Karolina Urbaniak
‘Slumberland’ vocals by Iveta Rozlapa
Running time 12.10 minutes
Selected stills from the movie