Mit Puppen spielen. Gefährliche Mimesis

Author(s): Lutz, Helga


The paper compares two fetishistic experiments with puppets of the 20th century. On the one hand, there is Oskar Kokoschka’s much discussed attempt to replace the lost Alma Mahler with a life-size doll. On the other hand, the paper treats the secret books of Swiss hermit Armand Schulthess, populated by hundreds of erotic women, which are artfully glued, sewn and folded together. However different the underlying fetishistic ritual may be, the two groups show a fundamental agreement: In both cases, the process of incarnating becomes a chain of operations, translating the image into the register of a mimetic ontology of transformation.

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Lutz, Helga: Mit Puppen spielen. Gefährliche Mimesis. In: ZMK Zeitschrift für Medien- und Kulturforschung, Jg. 8 (2017), Nr. 1, S. 157-175. DOI:
 author = {Lutz, Helga},
 title = {Mit Puppen spielen. Gefährliche Mimesis},
 year = 2017,
 doi = "\url{}",
 volume = 8,
 address = {Hamburg},
 journal = {ZMK Zeitschrift für Medien- und Kulturforschung},
 number = 1,
 pages = {157--175},
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