Preview: Festival of Disruption
On October 13th and 14th, the Theater at Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles will be overtaken by David Lynch’s Festival of Disruption. In a classically Lynchian fashion, the festival will be sure to overwhelm the senses, featuring an expansive variety of attractions. With so much going on, we’ve made a list of the most important things to hit so you don’t miss a thing.
1. Virtual Reality
Probably the biggest attraction of this year, the Festival of Disruption has teamed up with SHOWTIME and Collider Games to produce Twin Peaks VR. Taking scenes, moments, and settings from the cult-classic—as well as the 2017 series—this VR experience will take you to Glastonbury Grove and, in the Twin Peaks tradition, Lynch’s famous Red Room.
If you like fine art, make sure to check out the festival’s exhibit, Fetish. Combining Lynch’s photography with Christian Louboutin’s sculptures, this exhibit presents Lynch’s commitment to art in every form. First presented in 2007 at Galerie du Passage, this will be Fetish’s first U.S. premiere.
The Festival of Disruption will feature a wide array of musical acts, include Mercury Rev, TOKiMONSTA, and Saint Motel. Fans of Twin Peaks will enjoy music from Twin Peaks Suite, played by The Dover Quartet. Also featured: performances by Justin Johnson, Dylan Carlson (Earth), and Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire).
4. Live Score
RZA, one of the founders of the Wu-Tang Clan, will treat festival-goers to a reimagined version the kung-fu classic, The 36th Chamber of Shoalin. Taking scenes from the film and rescoring them with songs from Wu-Tang's discography, RZA will certainly add a new feel to the 1978 film.
Audiences at the Festival of Disruption can enjoy film screenings, followed by Q&As with their directors. David Lynch leads the program with a discussion moderated by John Horn. Francis Ford Coppola will screen his film Jack, offering his audience the opportunity to engage in conversations surrounding what people consider his worst film. Grace Jones will grace the states, screening and discussing her documentary, Bloodlight and Bami.
Sigur Rós’ Jónsi collaborates with Alex Somers and Paul Corley to produce a fully immersive experience called “Liminal Soundbath.” Providing meditative sound and light, this experience will feature sounds taken from their previous work. Followed by talks about meditation, festival-goers may enjoy engaging with their inner selves.
Proceeds from the Festival of Disruption go to the David Lynch Foundation, which aims to reduce toxic stress and trauma among at-risk populations. This year’s festival is without a doubt going to be an overwhelming and enlightening experience. Make sure to pick up your tickets here.