OlioHouse Weekend | The David Lynch Existential Dread in the Woods Seminar Retreat of Doom

Geoff Klock at OlioHouse | Wassaic, NY

Sat, Nov 10 at noon   |   90 minutes

Join us at OlioHouse for this retreat, designed to ruin your mind as we take a deep dive into three of the most mind blowing films of all time: Mulholland Drive, Lost Highway, and Blue Velvet.

Look. Obviously you can watch movies in NYC or wherever, but Lynch is the kind of director that demands a warm cup of coffee and immersive conversation with lots of smart people with no distractions. So join us at OlioHouse for this retreat, designed to ruin your mind as we take a deep dive into three of the most mind blowing films of all time: Mulholland Drive, Lost Highway, and Blue Velvet.

I have an hour or two of lecture on each of these, but the driving force will be the discussion they are going to generate as we hang out and dissect them, ruminate on their mysteries, and connect them with each other. You are going to exit this weekend not only with a strong detailed grasp of each film, but also with a strong grasp of what makes David Lynch tick — something that the internet, most books about David Lynch, and David Lynch himself in interviews, doesn’t really have for you. There are two schools of understanding Lynch — the one where you construct elaborate fan-fiction style narratives to unify the insanity, and the one where you reject all rational understanding and just go along for the ride through the collective unconscious of dream-like symbols and textures. I will use tools from literature and psychoanalysis to show you why both those schools are the dead wrong way to approach Lynch.

The plan is this: come up to OlioHouse for the day Saturday Nov 10 at 1130am: we do lunch at noon, Lost Highway at 1pm, free time to explore Wassaic, dinner, and then Mulholland Drive at 6pm; if you want more you can stay the night and talk Blue Velvet at 11:00am Sunday. If you have not seen these films before you will not be lost at these talks I promise — you will have everything you need, 100%.

Teacher: Geoff Klock

Geoff Klock has a doctorate from Oxford and is a professor at BMCC-CUNY. He teaches philosophy (mostly the philosophy of art), Shakespeare, canonical poetry in English, parables, and film (mostly movies about movies, and David Lynch). He is the author of four academic books on things like television shows and superheroes and has been cited 290 times.


Venue: OlioHouse | Wassaic, NY

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