The Birth of the Unwanted Posthuman


The above still is the baby from Lynch’s movie with the fitting title “Eraserhead” (1977). The first scene is set on the moon where we get a glimpse of a manlike being. Next scene we move to the protagonist who’s having a baby later in the movie. The baby’s appearance turns out incomparable to the human race. The baby as a concrete “Other” is entirely neglected and during the movie it slowly erodes and maggots begin to feast on it. I would venture that the movie proposes an evolutionary question about birth and how humanity would react if we would start changing radically in a biological way instead of a technological one.

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