With films like Blue Velvet (1986) and Wild at Heart (1990), David Lynch was hailed as one of the defining artists of postmodern cinema in the late 1980s and early 1990s. His further works like Twin Peaks (1989-2017), Lost Highway (1997), and Mulholland Drive (2001) are even considered to be paradigmatic examples of employing cinema as a medium of philosophical imagination and exploration. In his works, Lynch transgresses both narrative and genre structures as well as gender roles. Also, the Fine Arts and his defining work as a sound artist add to Lynch's status as an agent provocateur during the 1990s and the turn of the century.
The assessment and impact of Lynch’s œuvre currently strive towards a more conservative reconsideration of canonization, musealization, authorship, and archiving without taking into account the transgressive and thought-provoking implications of the larger transmedia picture framing the different networks. Regressive trends of nostalgia and retromania are challenged and at the same time subverted by the director’s latest work: Twin Peaks – The Return.
Using this point-of-(re)entry this interdisciplinary and international conference will revisit methods and theoretical perspectives from distinct academic disciplines providing new perspectives on the œuvre of David Lynch as a larger transmedia network.
Further, it ponders the position Lynch holds in current debates about creative control, the fine arts, and cinema. The papers encompass perspectives from musicology, American studies, film studies, media studies, art history, cultural studies, media sociology, and literary studies. This conference attempts to provide a theoretical road map for pop-cultural research and reflection beyond postmodernism and damn fine deconstruction.
The conference is organized by the Department of British and American Studies (Siegen University), the Department of Media Studies (Siegen University) and the Department of Musicology (Johannes-Gutenberg-University Mainz). For more information or participation in the event, please get in touch with Dr. Marcel Hartwig (firstname.lastname@example.org). The conference takes place right opposite the Herrengarten Building at AH B 002 (former Reformhaus near Siegufer).
Thursday, September 5, 2019
- 10.00-10.15 a.m. Conference Opening and Introduction
- 10.15-11.15 a.m. Keynote Lecture I Constantine Verevis (Monash U, Film & Screen Studies) Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, a ‘Ruinous’ Prequel
- 11.15-11.30 a.m. Coffee Break Section I Historicizing David Lynch
- 11.30-12.00 a.m. Eckhard Pabst (Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Media Studies) Room and Architecture in Twin Peaks – The Return
- 12.00-12.30 p.m. Mads Outzen (NTNU Trondheim, Art and Media Studies) Changing Faces, Troubling Doubles and Elusive Identities in Lynch’s Oneiric Worlds
- 12.30-2.00 p.m.Lunch Break Section II David Lynch and the Fine Arts
- 2.00-2.30 p.m. Marcus Stiglegger (DEKRA University Berlin, Film and Performing Arts) Tracing the Lost Highway: Key Frames and Images in Lynch’s Oeuvre
- 2.30-3.00 p.m. Andreas Rauscher (Siegen U, Media Studies) The World Spins - Transmedia Detours and Cinematic Configurations around Twin Peaks
- 3.00-3.30 p.m. Willem Strank (Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel, Media Studies) Electricity as a Metaphor and Precondition of Mediality
- 3.30-4.00 p.m. Coffee Break Section III The Sounds of David Lynch
- 4.00-4.30 p.m. Tom Simmert (JGU Mainz, Ethnology and African Studies) [intense ethereal whooshing] - Sound Design in Twin Peaks – The Return
- 4.30-5.00 p.m. Peter Niedermüller (JGU Mainz, Musicology) David Lynch and the ‘Musical Canon’
- 5.00-5.15 p.m. Coffee Break 5.15-6.15 p.m. Keynote Lecture II Anne Jerslev (University of Copenhagen, Media and Communication Studies) The White Sands Bomb Explosion in the Context of Lynch’s Total Artwork
6.30 p.m. Conference Dinner // 8.30 p.m. Film Screening
Friday, September 6, 2019
- 10.00-11.00 a.m. Keynote Lecture III Lindsay Anne Hallam (University of East London, Moving Image Research Centre) Dreams of Dark and Troubling Things: David Lynch as Horror Auteur 11.00-11.30 a.m. Coffee Break Section IV David Lynch and Form
- 11.30-12.00 p.m. Thomas Klein (University of Hamburg, Media and Communication Studies) Open and Closed Form in Inland Empire
- 12.00-12.30 p.m. Marcel Hartwig (Siegen U, English and American Studies) Room to Meme: ‘David Lynch’ as Problematic and Self-Evident Aesthetic Object in Digital Memes
- 12.30 -2.00 p.m. Lunch Break Section V David Lynch and Popular Culture
- 2.00-2.30 p.m. Bernd Zywietz (JGU Mainz, Ethnology and African Studies) “That gum you like isn’t going to come back in style”: Twin Peaks 1990-91/ 2017, Nostalgia and the End of the Golden Age of Television
- 2.30-3.00 p.m. Jannik Müller (Siegen U, Media Studies) ‘Is it future or is it past?’ – Visual Effects in Twin Peaks – The Return
- 3.00-3.30 p.m. Coffee Break Section VI David Lynch and the Digital / Videographic Criticism and Visual Effects 3.30-4.00 p.m. Gunter Süß (HTWM, Didaktik der Medien) Videoessays and Didactics
- 4.00-4.30 p.m. Chris Bakkane (NTNU Trondheim, Art and Media Studies) On David Lynch
- 4.30 p.m. Final Discussion