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1/26 — Festival of Disruption 2017



Prepping For David Lynch's 4th Annual Festival of Disruption

“Life is a festival of disruption.” – Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

The distinctly strange and unique visionary artist/filmmaker David Lynch has once again banded together an obscure collection of artists for the 4th iteration of his Festival of Disruption. The weekend long event will take place in downtown Los Angeles at the beautifully gothic Theater at Ace Hotel on October 13 and 14.

The festival, which has been curated entirely by Lynch, will feature a series of performances, talks, screenings, art exhibits and, of course, meditation sessions.

David Lynch said it best: “The Festival of Disruption is not only a music festival, it’s also an art festival and forum for speakers to share ideas and inspire creativity. It promotes Transcendental Meditation, as taught by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, to end suffering for the people and bring happiness and peace. The Festival of Disruption wants to disrupt the old bad, and bring in the new good!” 

If fostering happiness and peace and disrupting the old bad aren’t enough of a sale for you, perhaps the fact that Wu-Tang Clan founder RZA will be performing a live re-scoring to the classic kung-fu film The 36th Chamber of Shaolin from its opening sequence to its closing credits with tracks from Wu-Tang’s legendary discography will sway your decision. This, along with Q&A’s with David Lynch, Francis Ford Coppola, Grace Jones and screenings of the film Jack and the documentary will satisfy your inner cinephile.

The psychonauts planning to attend will be flattered by Jonsi of Sigur Ros’ collaboration with Alex Somers and Paul Corley for Liminal Soundbath, which they describe as “a meditative light and sound experience,” as well as the Showtime-backed Twin Peaks VR experience that walks users through Glastonbury Grove and leaves them finally in the puzzling Red Room.

In true Lynchian form, the auditory narrative of the festival seems enigmatic, featuring artists that seem to run the gamut of genres inside Lynch’s personal record collection. Dj Qbert and members of Saint Motel will perform DJ sets throughout the festival, and the multi-instrumental musical prodigy Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), Mercury Rev, and TOKiMONSTA will perform.

Proceeds from Festival of Disruption will benefit The David Lynch Foundation, whose mission is reducing toxic stress and trauma among at-risk populations, including victims of domestic violence, veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress, and underserved urban youth, through evidence-based Transcendental Meditation techniques. 

While you wait for this year’s festival to commence, take a peak at last year’s highlights in the slideshow above and cop your tickets here.

Images courtesy of Jacob Boll and Yeah Field Trip

Stay tuned to Milk for more disruptive art.

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