PROJECTIONS 2: David Lynch, surrealism and psychoanalysis

29 Aug 2012

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Freud Museum

London, United Kingdom


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  • Finchley Road
  • Nearest tube: Finchley Road, 5 min walk from Museum
  • Finchley Road & Frognal , 5 min walk from Museum

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90-minute lecture followed by 30-minute group discussion


Moving beyond the 'blurred identity trilogy', the second of the PROJECTIONS lectures examines the artistic implications of David Lynch's inimitable style, which marks the shared space between the investigative 'desire to know' in psychoanalysis, and the provocative 'knowledge subversion' in surrealism. This anarchic process emerges from the unconscious, a mysterious psychic terrain that Lynch accesses via the practice of transcendental meditation. Special consideration will be given to Lacanian concepts of mirror stage and linguistic alienation in the exploration of Lynchian technique, comprised of dream-logic that is turbulent and seductive in equal measure. PROJECTIONS is psychoanalysis for film interpretation. PROJECTIONS empowers film spectators to express subjective associations they consider to be meaningful. Expertise in psychoanalytic theory is not necessary - the only prerequisite is the desire to enter and inhabit the imaginary world of film, which is itself a psychoanalytic act. Please watch 'Lost Highway', 'Mulholland Drive' and 'Inland Empire' before attending sessions as there may be spoilers! MARY WILD, a Freudian cinephile from Montreal, is the creator of PROJECTIONS. PROJECTIONS 1: David Lynch's blurred identity trilogy, will be held on Wednesday 22 August, 2012.

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