Watch: Patti Smith and David Lynch Discuss Pussy Riot, Aging, Artistry and Severed Ears

Screen Shot 2014-11-20 at 3.18.48 PMThe Fondation Cartier in Paris organized a discussion between late-sextaguenarian icons David Lynch and Patti Smith. Together, in a room that looked to have been a combination between the contents of David Lynch’s mind and a waiting room for the Indiana Jones ride (but which actually just belonged to Cartier), the two bantered about everything from aging to artistry to Pussy Riot. When Smith questioned Lynch about his process, his response provided possibly the clearest, simplest explanation of his aesthetic I’ve ever heard, and made it all sound, somehow, utterly sensible:

I get ideas in fragments… The first piece I get is just a fragment of the whole puzzle, but I fall in love with this fragment, and it holds a promise for more.

This process is exemplified in Lynch’s discussion of the origins of the severed ear in Blue Velvet, which just popped out at him while he was listening to the Bobby Vinton version of the song:

What came from the song at first was red lips at night in a car and green lawns with some dew in night. And the next thing that came was a severed ear in the grass.

Lynch got to command the first part of the discussion with his Lynchiness, but then he turned the attention to Smith and her recent correspondence with Pussy Riot. Smith’s take on Putin’s injustices vis à vis the band:

This is something that goes back to biblical times. This kind of oppression and this kind of misunderstanding. Taking young girls who have families and hopes and dreams and putting them in prison for issuing a teenage prayer, really.

Watch more of the discussion:

[Via NME]