Talk: Mary Wild on David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive

Talks, conversations, events from the SITE for Contemporary Psychoanalysis

FRIDAY October 13th 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 David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive

The neo-noir surrealist thriller Mulholland Drive (2001) begins with an amnesiac woman and an aspiring actress searching for answers across Los Angeles, beyond fantasy and reality. David Lynch’s masterpiece has captivated and mystified audiences worldwide, creating a glorious puzzle for the mind and heart of film fans.

In this lecture, Mary Wild will deconstruct and interpret this unforgettable cinematic riddle from a psychoanalytic perspective, the central thesis being that a psychogenic fugue follows the unconscious trauma of unrequited love in the context of the Hollywood film industry. We will refer to Jacques Lacan’s concept of the mirror stage and his linguistic theory to illuminate Lynch’s iconic dream-logic, which is disturbing and beguiling in equal measure. 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.