Monday, 26 July 2010

Mapping the Lost Highway: New Perspectives on David Lynch (TATE Modern Event)

Image from Mulholland Drive (David Lynch, 2001)

Film Studies For Free has taken the trouble to gather together in one (hopefully) very easily navigable setting the twelve videos (embedded below) that recorded for posterity a really excellent symposium that took place last year on October 30 2009 at London's Tate Modern. The symposium provided a space in which artists and film theorists insightfully discussed the work of filmmaker David Lynch in a range of theoretical and artistic contexts, including psychoanalysis, philosophy, prosthetics and photography.
One of cinema’s most compelling and innovative directors, David Lynch remains a major influence on contemporary art, film and culture. In this landmark event, Tate Modern [brought] together leading artists, academics and writers from around the world to offer a series of new perspectives on Lynch’s films.
[...] Speakers [included] the visual artists Gregory Crewdson, Daria Martin, and Jane and Louise Wilson, and there [were also] contributions from the writers and academics Parveen Adams, Sarah Churchwell, Simon Critchley, Roger Luckhurst, Tom McCarthy, and Jamieson Webster. A specially commissioned video interview with Lynch himself [was] screened, and an accompanying film programme [took] place at Tate Modern and the Birkbeck Cinema. 
If you have difficulty playing the videos below, try visiting the Tate Website's gathering of them.

PART 1: Marko Daniel: Welcome; Richard Martin: Introduction

PART 2: The Body: Roger Luckhurst

PART 3: The Body: Tom McCarthy

PART 4: The Body: Q+A (chaired by Marko Daniel)

PART 5: The Eye 1: Gregory Crewdson

PART 6: The Eye 1: Q+A (chaired by Sarah Churchwell)

PART 7: The Eye 2: Daria Martin

PART 8: The Eye 2: Louise Wilson

PART 9: The Eye 2: Q+A (chaired by Stuart Comer)

PART 10: The Mind: Parveen Adams

PART 11: The Mind: Q+A (chaired by Richard Martin)

PART 12: The Ear: Chris Rodley responds to the day's presentations in conversation with Sarah Churchwell. Followed by a Q+A with the symposium's speakers and the public

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