Nostalgia for a Myth (2015)

Robyn Moody

Sketch for "Nostalgia for a myth"
Sketch for "Nostalgia for a myth"
Work in progress ("Nostalgia for a myth" installation, transmediale 2015)
Work in progress ("Nostalgia for a myth" installation, transmediale 2015)

n the year 1994, two reigning horror-movie directors each released a film: John Carpenter’s In the Mouth of Madness and Wes Craven’s New Nightmare. A preliminary comparison between these two films reveals… well, let’s be honest: if Daniel Cockburn had never made a preliminary comparison between these two films, he’d probably be a lot happier right now. But here we are.

This autobiographical lecture performance tells the tale of a child who “discovered he could turn any film into a horror film simply by watching it” and asks what happens when such a child grows up and turns his superpowers on the real world. Along the way, we will encounter: a film-projection mishap, French filmmaking dogma, the Y2K crisis, a correspondence with a famous American filmmaker, and some seriously detailed grammatical analysis of classic power-ballad lyrics.

lecture performance

Grant: April–June 2015 Impakt (NL)

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