Memory in ‘Lost Highway’

Why Fred doesn’t own a video camera.

This series presents three lines from the David Lynch film Lost Highway, in which the mysterious appearance of a video tape leads to the following exchange between police officers and Fred and Renée Madison.

Officer: Do you own a video camera?

Fred: No.

Renée: Fred hates them.

Officer: Why is that?

Fred: I like to remember things my way.

Officer: What do you mean by that?

Fred: Not necessarily the way they happened.

Lost Highway (1997)

Material evidence of the past can provide an unwelcome counterpoint to the distortions of memory.

“What do you mean by that” [distorted mirror type]
Memory II

Text becomes harder to read as changes introduced by recording and processing begin to overshadow the information.

“Not necessarily the way they happened” [distorted mirror type]
Memory III

By Elena Grossman

Elena Grossman is an artist and educator practicing visual art, graphic design, and programming for exhibition spaces, print, and screen media. Learn more about Elena