The uncanny, the brain and the pleasure of ambiguity

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The article turns attention to the processes of sense- making concerning the installation Uncanny River (The Crossing) by the Portuguese artist João Biscainho. In an attempt to describe contexts and conditions without which this installation would not be what it is, the article aims at offering a set of exploratory challenges which any spectator of the installation may face. While Buscaino’s work invites a nonterminating task of sense- making, it points to the pleasure of ambiguity as a constitutional feature of the arts.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCognition, culture, and the arts
Subtitle of host publicationinterdisciplinary perspectives on narrating, understanding, and reading
Place of PublicationBerlin
PublisherPeter Lang AG
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9783631862520, 9783631862537
ISBN (Print)9783631861264
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Publication series

PublisherPeter Lang
ISSN (Print)1861-583X


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