After four years since its first creative development, UNHEIMLICH is poised for its world premiere from 22 September 2021. Commissioned by PICA (Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts), this ambitious, multi-faceted work blends visual arts, movement and theatre, offering an unmissable chance to witness a group of stellar WA artists at the top of their game.
We recently caught up with Co-creator Tarryn Gill to find out more about her collaboration with Katt Osborne and the main ideas that they explore in this new work.
The word “Unheimlich” is a Freudian term. What does it mean to you?
The word Unheimlich references Sigmund Freud’s essay about The Uncanny. It translates to “unhomely”- the experience of something that is familiar and comfortable becoming frightening or distressing in an instant. I’ve been interested in the concept of the uncanny for a long time and I think my artworks tend to hold dualities in this way: funny and frightening, comfortable and uncomfortable, conscious and unconscious.