WHAT IS A DOPPELGANGER?
A doppelganger refers to, traditionally, a person or a spirit who is a double or a look alike to an individual. Doppelganger, derived from the German word to mean “double walker,” is a concept that can be traced back as far as ancient civilizations. The doppelganger can either be a physical being that is identical to the point of looking like someone’s twin or a paranormal phenomenon as a representation of the central expression of character and ego.
Throughout history, there have been many well documented accounts of individuals encountering their doppelgangers or of others encountering the doppelganger of someone they know. In each instance, the doppelganger, the counterpart to the self, has physically appeared no different than the individual, making it difficult to differentiate between the the actual individual and the doppelganger. Some individuals have encountered their own doppelgangers while others never experience the encounter, only to be told the stories of the encounters and experiences by their friends, families, or acquaintances.
How did anyone know that they have not encountered the actual individual, but rather their doppelganger, if the appearances are identical to each other? Behaviors of the doppelgangers have suggested that the doppelganger was not the actual individual, but rather an alter ego or a spiritual copy of the individual. Many times, the doppelganger has appeared, silently and mysteriously in many instances, as a mere representation with similar physical traits, leaving doubt as to whether is was the individual or a copy of the individual. It has been suggested that an individual and their doppelganger are separate beings, while simultaneously being one in the same.
If a doppelganger is the a spiritual copy and the alter ego of an individual, it comes into question as to where does the individual end and the doppelganger begin? When a doppelganger and an individual encounter one another, where do the boundaries cross?
DOPPELGANGER MAGAZINE: WHAT YOU WILL READ
What can readers expect from Doppelganger Magazine? Doppelganger Magazine writes compelling journals and articles about the correspondence between visual art and literary works, with a main focus and interest on the theme of boundaries. When it comes to the correlation between the visual arts and literary arts, one must ask, where does one end and where does the other begin? What defines the relationship and the boundaries between visual arts and literary arts? When observing boundaries, the lines between the visual arts and the literary arts tend to get blurred at times, allowing for intellectual debate and critical content to determine where the boundaries, if any, lie.
Doppelganger Magazine began in 2005 in British Columbia, publishing nine issues annually, exclusively online, enabling anyone interested in creative and intellectual critical content to have access. More can be read About how Doppelganger Magazine got started and the inspiration of the editors, Aaron Peck and Adam Harrison, along with their current works. Any previous journals can be viewed in the Archives and additional Public Works can be viewed.
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WHY THE VISUAL AND LITERARY ARTS?
Many of the represented visual arts included in Doppelganger Magazine’s critical correspondence includes photography, film making, stylists, and contemporary art from artists and curators. Much of the visual arts provides a means of physical expression and communication between the artist and the viewer. Additionally, many artistic disciplines include visual arts within them as a deeper means of expression. The viewer is presented with a physical representation of what is expressed through visual arts. Literary arts allows viewers a deeper understanding of what the writer is expressing, limited only by what the writer chooses to or chooses not to write. Literary arts, many times, may include the use of visual arts to provide a deeper meaning and understanding to the words that are expressed or to visualize what cannot be fully grasped through words.
There is a lot that can be said about the correlation between the visual arts and the literary arts, as many literary works can be defined through visual arts. Likewise, visual arts can be associated with a piece of literature, becoming a representation of each other or becoming one in the same. When observing the correlation between the visual arts and literary arts together, it can be questioned as to when does one end and the other begin?
MEET SOME OF OUR CONTRIBUTORS
Content in Doppelganger Magazine is a collection of lively and intellectual substance and critical correspondence. Many of the magazine’s contributors are well known for their collections of literary works, visual arts, creative contemporary criticism, and contributions to the artistic community to expand the mind, consciousness, and expression. Journals and articles made to Doppelganger magazine include contributions from:
- Lynne Tillman: Tillman is a North American novelist, short fiction writer, and cultural critic, having written five novels, two nonfiction books, three story collections, and a collection of essays. She currently is a professor and resident writer at the University of Albany. To learn more about Lynne Tillman’s life, you can read Finding the Question that Hasn’t been Asked: An Interview with Lynne Tillman or read her works here on Doppelganger Magazine.
- Christopher Brayshaw: The late Brayshaw is a Vancouver based photographer, botany curator at the Royal BC Museum in British Columbia, bookseller, and independent cultural critic, most acclaimed for his work as a botanist. You can learn about the life and works of Brayshaw in his Official Obituary and read one of his cultural content contributions to Doppelganger here.
- Lance Blomgren: Blomgren has spent his life as a Canadian writer, known for his published fiction and essays. He is also noted for his works as a critic to contemporary art and as a curator. Blomgren’s collections and professional portfolio can be seen here and his literary content to Doppelganger Magazine can be read here.
- Anne Lesley Selcer: Selcer’s interests are in poetics, focusing her attention of the themes of beauty and feminism. To learn more about Selcer and her inspirations, check out her Interview with Grazing Grains Press, or read her critical contributions to Doppelganger Magazine here.