Saturday 21 February 2015 // mima, Middlesbrough // 10am - 4.45pm //


A lively day of interactive discussions exploring David Lynch’s influence across film and art, lavishly illustrated with visuals and film clips

Speakers included:

Conversations focused on exploring David Lynch’s practice across the boundaries of film and art with leading experts, and getting the inside track on how contemporary artists and filmmakers manage this divide. 

Shezad Dawood is an award-winning artist and director who works across film, painting and sculpture. Dawood discussed his approach to collective and collaborative film-making as a shared journey, where even the writing process becomes a cut-up of references and participants. Dawood usually works with specific sites or groups such as his 2013 feature film Piercing Brightness which featured nearly 100 extras drawn from local residents in Preston to enact a science-fiction parable of return and reincarnation.

Georgina Starr is a video, sound and performance artist whose works are known for their complex and fragile emotional narratives, exploring female identity, history, fiction, philosophy and biography to create multi-layered theatrical events and installations.

Brett Littman is the Director of The Drawing Center, New York and Curator of David Lynch Naming, originally curated for Kanye Griffin Corcoran Gallery and now showing at mima. Littman discussed the background of David Lynch Naming, his research and his conversations with David Lynch.

Allister Mactaggart is the author of The Film Paintings of David Lynch, which offers a unique perspective on Lynch, looking at theoretical approaches to his works, and examining connections across film theory, art history, psychoanalysis and cinema. Mactaggart explored Lynch’s various artistic outputs, discussing how notions such as ‘moving paintings’, the Art Life, and meditation imbue Lynch’s creative outlook.

The day was introduced and chaired by Steven Bode, Director of Film and Video Umbrella, a London-based agency who are Britain’s main commissioners of artists’ film and video work. During his time in this role, he has initiated over a hundred projects, including major new works with internationally acclaimed artists such as such as Isaac Julien, Gillian Wearing, Jane & Louise Wilson, Mark Leckey, Johan Grimonprez, Daria Martin, Tacita Dean and Mark Lewis.