The Uncanny: A Centenary

30 October 2019 to 9 February 2020

The Uncanny: A Centenary

This year marks 100 years since Sigmund Freud wrote his paper on The Uncanny. A theory that went on to inspire art, film, literature and further psychoanalytic enquiry.

The uncanny is a feeling that is difficult to describe. It is related to dread, horror, repulsion and distress. But what turns something frightening into something uncanny?

An immersive exploration of Freud’s essay and its legacy. With new work by Elizabeth Dearnley, lili Spain, Martha Todd and Karolina UrbaniakMartin Bladh. Also featuring etchings by German Surrealist Hans Bellmer. All designed to make feel a little unsettled…

As part of the exhibition Freud’s death couch is on display in his study, where he died. This rarely seen object is only available to view until the 9th of February 2020.

The Sandman App

The Sandman app delivers the full experience of Elizabeth Dearnley’s The Sandman immersive room. Download the free app, available on the App Store and on Google Play.  Download this beforehand or at the Museum – please use your headphones.

Exhibition Trailer

Arts Council England Lottery Grant

The Sandman App

The Sandman app is available on the App Store and on Google Play.

App Store

The Uncanny Events

The Freud Museum will host a series of events to accompany the exhibition.

1 November – Event: The Uncanny Masked Ball
3 November – Course: Projections: The Uncanny in Cinema
8 November – Talk: Psychoanalysis and The Uncanny
13 November – Talk: Party’s Over: Introducing the Feminist Uncanny
24 November – Event: One Uncanny Sunday…
12 January – Course: Projections: The Cinema of David Lynch
16 January – Talk: Why Some Forms of Technology Gives Us the Creeps
22 January – Talk: Facing Doubles: Addressing “a vestigial trace…”
25 January – Conference: A Century of The Uncanny
1 February – Course: Freud and the Uncanny
5 February – Talk: Funerary Masks and Death Masks