In beginning to tease out the deep network that connects the Twin Peaks saga (in all its extensions) with Bowie’s abruptly terminated, ambitious Outside multi-album project of 1995, we ask not so much ‘who influenced who?’, but, rather, speculate on the unusual multimedia worlds created by these gifted artists, and the affinities that tie them together.
From notions of the televisual ‘open narrative’ to recurring figures of child/teen murder and detection, from complex, material atmospherics to the goading of endless fan interpretations, we plunge, using audio-visual means, into the ever-widening spiral that draws together Lynch’s Twin Peaks and Bowie’s Outside.
Cristina Álvarez López is a critic, teacher and audio visual artist. She is Co-Founder of the Spanish online film journal Transit: Cine y otros desvíos. Her critical writing and audiovisual essays have also appeared in Fandor Keyframe, MUBI Notebook, and Shangri-la.
Adrian Martin is Adjunct Associate Professor of Film and Screen Studies at Monash University and works as a freelance writer and audio visual artist. He is the author of seven books, the most recent being Mise en scène and Film Style: From Classical Hollywood to New Media Art (Palgrave).
Talks & Performances
Presented in association with Monash University
David Lynch and David Bowie: Outside / Twin Peaks
In 2016, we await the miracle of a new Twin Peaks season from David Lynch, and we mourn the passing of David Bowie. There are many intersections between the prodigious works of these ‘twin peaks’, the two Davids, and doubtless various influences crossing back and forth, over the years, in both directions. Join Adrian Martin and Cristina Álvarez López as they illuminate the fascinating intersections between these beloved figures in this special lecture.
This talk will also be communicated by an Auslan interpreter on the night.