Talk: Mary Wild on Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker

Talks, conversations, events from the SITE for Contemporary Psychoanalysis

FRIDAY October 27th 2017.
Doors open at 7pm with saxophone performance; event starts at 7.30pm.
Draper Hall: Hampton Street junction with Newington Butts (next to the Santander bike stand) SE17 3AN

Mary Wild

Psychoanalysis of Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker

Andrei Tarkovsky’s films are known for their interminable beauty, poetry, and mystery; his innovative cinematic language is neither conventional nor especially plot-driven, but instead focuses on inner worlds of characters, existential crises and spiritual quests. The Soviet auteur’s primary technique is to “sculpt time” by fixing reality, preserving passing moments with exceptionally long takes, generating a mosaic of time and gaining access to a metaphysical dream zone on the silver screen.

In this lecture by Mary Wild, psychoanalysis will serve a vital function as the primary theoretical framework, facilitating a multitude of interpretations in Stalker (1979). A consideration of desire, the topography of the unconscious, and Jacques Lacan’s four discourses will be especially useful in uncovering meaning in the film. The evening will include a series of excerpts from the film, and will be followed by a discussion.

Mary Wild is the creator of the PROJECTIONS lecture series (psychoanalysis for film interpretation), which has been running regularly at Freud Museum London since 2012. She teaches in the Humanities department at City Lit and has produced similar events at ICA, BFI, NYU and Central Saint Martins. Her interests include cinematic representations of identity, the unconscious, hysteria, neoliberal economics, mental illness and love.

Tickets: £10 including a glass of wine. There may be a limited number of tickets at the door.

How to book: Please pay by electronic transfer of funds to: Unity Trust Bank, The Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis; Sort code: 60-83-01; Account No: 20099428. Please insert your name as reference and email to advise that payment has been made.