Eddie Saint-Jean is an artist working in moving image and photography. His work is influenced by Freudian theories of the Uncanny (Unheimlich) which refers to how homely, everyday items and subjects have unhomely, eerie or uncanny elements.
His ‘Blackout Uncanny’ video installation has official selection for the 2021 IAVPOA 1st International Video Art Festival curated by Tomas Lagūnavičius. Saint-Jean’s video installation features clips from his Uncanny-influenced feature film Blackout (2020) projected onto a bathroom shower curtain in an experimental homage to the Hitchcock film Psycho.
19 video artists were chosen for the video art festival – from a large and diverse number of countries including Brazil, Russia, Poland, Indonesia, The Philippines, Togo, Germany, Vietnam, Lithuania, India and the UK. All participating artist-filmmakers were also given a digital certificate verifying their selection for the festival.
“IAVPOA Team wants to say thank you for sparing your precious time for the 1st International Video Art Festival . We are very happy for your enthusiastic participation and proud to exhibit your works in our virtual exhibition which will be open to the public for an unlimited period of time. “
In the original feature film, the director, Eddie Saint-Jean uses unnerving ‘Unheimlich’ (Uncanny) elements to unsettle thriller and horror audiences with subtle cinematography, direction and editing.
THE UNCANNY – A concept in art associated with psychologist Sigmund Freud which describes a strange and anxious feeling sometimes created by familiar objects in unfamilar contexts – Tate Art Terms
THE UNCANNY is the psychological experience of something as strangely familiar, rather than simply mysterious. It may describe incidents where a familiar thing or event is encountered in an unsettling, eerie, context’ – Wikipedia